The situation in Ukraine is getting progressively more serious as the days go by, with the Russian invasion claiming more and more lives, leaving the country on the verge of chaos. Understandably, Ukraine calls for aid and has so far been met with sympathy from many nations. The UK has relaxed some of its immigration rules for Ukrainians, which you can read about in our article here, and the EU is in talks with Ukrainian president Zelenskyy about fast-tracked membership into the union. The EU has already made claims that it will allow Ukrainian’s to stay and work in EU nations for up to three years in the form of a temporary protection plan.


However, what we will focus on today specifically is the possibility of Ukrainian’s in the UK claiming asylum here. Is it possible, and what has the government announced on the issue? Read on to find out.


No change of policy as of yet


While immigration rules have been relaxed for Ukrainian’s looking to extend their visas or switch to new routes within the UK, asylum claims have not been specifically mentioned as of yet. This is because, as it stands, the UK still considers Ukraine capable of taking care of its own people, however this could change at a moment’s notice given the unpredictable nature of the Russian invasion.


It may be that Ukrainians in certain areas of the country will be considered at risk by the UK, but the fact that Ukraine is fairly large country people could be safe if they relocate, according to the UK government. However, transportation is obviously very difficult at this time.


What arguments could Ukrainian’s make for asylum?


Political opinion may play a part in the fears of many Ukrainian’s, whereby being against Russian occupation could see them face serious consequences. Others may fear military conscription and the obvious dangers that come with it. They may fear being prosecuted for desertion, such as prison time or being left a social outcast. Also, due to some outdated attitudes within certain parts of the country homosexuals may fear being mistreated if forced to join the military.


The important thing to remember is that the situation is in a state of flux, constantly changing. If more violence erupts, the UK may be forced to relax even further and allow asylum to take place on a larger scale.


What do we think?


We sympathise greatly with the situation in Ukraine, and feel that the maximum amount of support should be granted. We are not against asylum claims from Ukraine or any other nation, as those who fear for their lives should not be turned away from safety, be there Ukrainian or from elsewhere in the world.


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