In a statement on Sunday, Downing Street said the measure will “benefit many thousands of people who at this moment are making desperate choices about their future”.
According to the government website, family migration visas are free for family members of British nationals who typically live in Ukraine. This includes spouses, unmarried partners, parents for those under 18, a child under 18, and adults who require care.
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon last night tweeted that the Home Office should lift all requirements for Ukrainians entering the UK. “Anything less is unacceptable,” she added.
Earlier she wrote: “Give entry now on humanitarian grounds and sort paperwork later”.
Here\u2019s the guidance on PM visa announcement.\nRestricting to family members too limited & defining \u2018family member\u2019 so narrowly compounds this.\n@ukhomeoffice must lift visa requirement for all Ukrainians seeking entry to UK as other countries doing. Anything less is unacceptablepic.twitter.com/qtcIculjIF
To illustrate the point that we should take in more refugees, we’ve pulled up some maps that show how empty the UK is. The UK is actually covered in greenery. As a staggering report from the BBC found, only 5.9 per cent of the land in the country is actually built on.
The lowest proportion is found in Scotland, where only 2.1 per cent of land is built on.
This has been further visualised, in graphics tweeted by an expert.
Conrad Hackett, a senior demographer and associate director at the Pew Research Center, tweeted:
Where nobody in the UK lives
map by @georgia_corr https://t.co/DdZ71VCcX4