Welcoming Ukrainian guests to Birmingham

Birmingham is proud to be a City of Sanctuary and has a long history of welcoming asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants fleeing war and persecution to start new lives in the UK. The information on these pages will help Ukrainian nationals arriving in Birmingham under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme to find out about services and support that will be available.

Homes for Ukraine scheme

On 14 March 2022 the Government published details of its Homes For Ukraine scheme. This bespoke scheme will offer a route to those who want to come to the UK who have someone here willing to provide them with a home. It will enable individuals, charities, community groups, and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for Ukrainians, and their immediate family members, forced to escape their homeland.

Support to new arrivals

Birmingham City Council and the voluntary and community sector will work in partnership to ensure the necessary preparations are in place so that we stand ready to provide sanctuary to Ukrainian people and families arriving in the city. This will include ensuring safeguarding arrangements and necessary support to both those arriving and sponsors.

Useful links

  • BARMS - Birmingham Asylum seeker, Refugee, and Migrants Services - An online directory of organisations, services, and groups committed to welcoming, supporting, and resettling asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants in Birmingham
  • The Refugee and Migrant Centre Birmingham - Assisting refugees and migrants through crisis and disadvantage, by removing barriers to their integration and enabling them to become equal citizens
  • Centrala - Birmingham's, Central and Eastern European community organisations have formed a collective partnership that is organising fundraising and support meetings for Ukrainians in Birmingham. For up to date information about events see: Centrala's Facebook page

Read more on the Homes for Ukraine Scheme on the following Government web pages.

Ukrainians already in the UK

Ukrainians already in the UK with a visa will be able to extend their stay by extending their visa or switching to another immigration route, where eligible, even if their visa does not normally allow them to do so.
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