There are fears that the number of homeless Ukrainian refugees will increase further in the new year as Britons struggle because of anti-Russian sanctions. Added to this is the desire to “reclaim” their homes.
UK residents hosting refugees from Ukraine are under severe stress due to the economic crisis caused by anti-Russian sanctions, with some of them wanting to “give back” their homes over the holidays, writes tabloid The Daily Mail.
Kate Daniels of the Family Therapy Association, which supports refugee host Brits, told the publication that some “sponsors” are desperate for what will happen over Christmas and New Year.
“They want their homes back and that’s fair enough,” she remarked.
Many host Ukrainians feel “guilt and shame for even the mere feeling of annoyance”, she said, with refugees often simply saying “my home is your home”, followed by “all sorts of difficulties”.
“One woman felt like a stranger in her own home because at one point she came downstairs and everyone was sitting in the kitchen talking on their phones and she went into her room and thought, ‘this is my home, why am I doing this?” – Daniels added.
Specialist charity Labour Rights Centre Adis Sehich also told the publication of the problems.
“Everyone is concerned about the rising cost of living. You don’t have to be very angry or frustrated that people don’t want to host other families when they can barely support their own,” he clarified.
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