Number of Ukrainians in Wandsworth Tops 1,000

Residents praised for generosity in opening their homes

Arrivals from Ukraine are almost all women and children
Arrivals from Ukraine are almost all women and children

September 27, 2023

The number of Ukrainian citizens who have received sanctuary in the borough of Wandsworth is now over one thousand.

Residents in the borough have opened their homes to refugees since Russia’s full-scale invasion began under the national Homes for Ukraine scheme opened.

The total is the second highest number for any borough in London.

The Wandsworth Council is increasing the monthly cash payment from £350 to £500 to those local families who have been hosting refugees for more than six months. This ensures hosts don’t have to wait a whole year for the increased payment as per the terms of the Government scheme. The enhanced payment is part of the Town Hall’s effort to achieve Borough of Sanctuary status.

Kemi Akinola, Deputy Leader of Wandsworth Council and Cabinet Member for the Voluntary Sector, Business Engagement and Culture, said, “More than 1000 Ukrainian guests have now been welcomed by amazing people in Wandsworth – despite increased pressures host families have been facing themselves as a result of the cost-of-living crisis.

“We are a diverse, vibrant, compassionate and welcoming borough - fully committed to becoming a Borough of Sanctuary for those fleeing wars and repression around the world.

“Improving our services for refugees and asylum seekers who move to Wandsworth is a key element, demonstrating our determination to make Wandsworth a fairer and more compassionate borough, committed to improving the daily lives of all who live here.”

Wandsworth Council says it is working in close partnership with local charities, voluntary organisations through the Wandsworth Migration Forum which has brought together key organisations, including the NHS, JobCentre Plus and local voluntary sector groups to improve support to refugees and asylum seekers.

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