The Guardian view on refugees from Ukraine: waive the restrictions | Ukraine

The government’s visa restrictions for those fleeing Putin’s war need to be ditchedSpeaking on Sunday at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family in London, Boris Johnson referenced the parable of the Good Samaritan, as he emphasised Britain’s solidarity with a people under vicious and sustained military assault. “We in the UK,” Mr Johnson told the congregation, “cannot shut our eyes and pass by on the other side.”But when it comes to playing its part in mitigating the plight of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees seeking sanctuary in the west, the government is abjectly failing to live up to Mr Johnson’s rhetoric. The ongoing refusal to abandon visa restrictions for Ukrainians, as one of the gravest refugee crises since the second world war unfolds on European soil, cannot stand. It is at odds with the moral urgency of the moment, and utterly at odds with the mood of the country: according to the latest YouGov poll, more than six out of 10 Britons support safe routes to resettle those fleeing the Russian invasion, including a majority of both Conservative and Labour voters. Continue reading…

The government’s visa restrictions for those fleeing Putin’s war need to be ditched

Speaking on Sunday at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family in London, Boris Johnson referenced the parable of the Good Samaritan, as he emphasised Britain’s solidarity with a people under vicious and sustained military assault. “We in the UK,” Mr Johnson told the congregation, “cannot shut our eyes and pass by on the other side.”

But when it comes to playing its part in mitigating the plight of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees seeking sanctuary in the west, the government is abjectly failing to live up to Mr Johnson’s rhetoric. The ongoing refusal to abandon visa restrictions for Ukrainians, as one of the gravest refugee crises since the second world war unfolds on European soil, cannot stand. It is at odds with the moral urgency of the moment, and utterly at odds with the mood of the country: according to the latest YouGov poll, more than six out of 10 Britons support safe routes to resettle those fleeing the Russian invasion, including a majority of both Conservative and Labour voters.

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