Moscow, December 25 – British residents hosting refugees from Ukraine are being squeezed hard by the economic crisis, while some of them want to “go back” home for the holidays, the Daily Mail writes.
According to Kate Daniels of the Family Therapy Association, which supports British hosts, some “patrons” are desperate about what will happen over Christmas and New Year’s. “They want their homes back, and that’s fair enough,” she said.
According to what the interviewer said in the post, many of those who host Ukrainians suffer “guilt and shame even just because they are upset”, while often simply saying to the refugees: “My home is your home”, after which “all sorts of difficulties” arise.
“One woman felt like a stranger in her own house, because at some point she went downstairs, and everyone was sitting in the kitchen talking on phones, and I went into her room and thought: ‘This is my house, why am I doing this? Daniels said.
Adis Sech, a specialist at the Workers’ Rights Charitable Center, also spoke about the problems. “Everyone is worried about the rising cost of living. You don’t have to be so angry or frustrated that people don’t want to host other families when they can barely support their own,” he said.
In March, the UK authorities launched the Homes for Ukraine programme, which allows individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to provide free, temporary housing to refugees from Ukraine, where they have been paid compensation. Recently, however, more and more Ukrainians have taken to the streets – according to The Guardian, next year their number may reach at least 50,000 people.
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