Falkirk and West Lothian council areas to welcome several refugees through Homes for Ukraine scheme

Several visas have been issued for Ukrainian refugees to stay with Falkirk and West Lothian residents, new figures show.

A total of 30 visas have been issued for Ukrainian refugees to stay in the neighbouring areas.

The Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme, or ‘Homes for Ukraine’, began in February via the UK Government, allowing citizens to volunteer to house refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine. Sponsors agree to offer accommodation for at least six months, with those receiving sponsorship allowed in the UK for up to three years.

Provisional data from the Home Office and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities shows that seven visas had been issued for refugees staying with hosts based in Falkirk as of April 6. While, 23 visas had also been issued for refugees staying with hosts based in West Lothian.

General view of passengers going through UK Border at Terminal 2 of Heathrow Airport: Steve Parsons/PA Wire