Hundreds of Ukrainian refugees removed from UK’s ‘unsuitable’ housing sponsors

Homes for Ukraine scheme ‘unravelling’ as government seeks new accommodation for 600 people at risk of being exploited by hosts

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The government is scrambling to rehouse hundreds of Ukrainians granted visas under the Homes for Ukraine scheme because the people they were supposed to stay with have been deemed “unsuitable”, the Observer can reveal.

Refugee charities have warned since the scheme’s launch that with most of the refugees being women and children, and many matches made on social media websites such as Facebook, the scheme risked being targeted by predatory men.

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