MORE refugees due to stay with sponsors in Allerdale had arrived in the UK as of last week, according to new figures, as charities warn of rising numbers of homeless refugees across England.

Ukrainians fleeing the conflict with Russia can apply for a visa to stay in the UK under the Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme.

The Family Scheme allows Ukrainian nationals to stay with relatives already living in the UK, and the Sponsorship Scheme, also known as 'Homes for Ukraine' allows individuals to host refugees for a minimum of six months.

But the schemes have been beset with delays to processing visas – and some have warned of safeguarding issues and mismatches between hosts and refugees.

Home Office data shows 57 refugees staying with sponsors in Allerdale under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme had arrived in the UK by June 13 – up from 36 on May 16.

There has also been an increase in the number of visas issued, with 87 successful applications as of June 14, a rise on the 69 four weeks prior.

The uptick in refugee arrivals has come with warnings of refugees being made homeless in some areas of England – although there were no homeless refugee households in Allerdale.

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