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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Greek Orthodox in London create a welcome center for Ukrainian refugees

six months after the invasion According to UN figures, about 12 million people have fled their homes in Russia’s Ukraine. Seven million are internally displaced and more than five million have moved to other countries.

Recent government figures show that Over 100,000 Ukrainians have arrived in the UK Running away from bloodshed Newly arrived Ukrainians face considerable challenges settling outside their country of origin and need support to access services, find housing and integrate into the community. There is already a large Ukrainian community in the UK that helps settlers in Great Britain.

The Ukrainian Catholic Convention of the Holy Family, in collaboration with the Ukrainian Association in Great Britain, has created a “Welcome Centre” in London. Based at Weighhouse Street in central London, where Eparchy Cathedral is located, the center is the single point of contact for essential information regarding arrival, settlement and long-term stays in the UK.

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They need to settle down, prepare all their documents, send their children to school – most of those who come are mothers with children – find a adequate accommodation, Social support, practical help to find work and start life againAlthough for a short time.” “Bishop Kenneth Novakovsky, the Ukrainian Catholic bishop of the Holy Family of London, describes the center as a “true community outreach”: “Here in the UK, thanks to the work of so many, we are a Providing safe spaces that allow people to maintain their dignity…

It is a place of welcome for those who migrate and also for those who sponsor those who open their homes and hearts. It is a place of welcome where we work closely with other non-governmental and government agencies to provide information, advice and even community to migrants.”

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