Following accusations that some refugee women felt threatened by their sponsors, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has called on the United Kingdom to review its Homes for Ukraine initiative.
There are mounting fears that the initiative’s British sponsors are endangering women.
Anyone in the nation with a spare room can open their house to Ukrainians as long as they can provide accommodation for at least six months under the initiative.
The chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA), James Jamieson, has expressed concern over the likelihood of Ukrainian migrants becoming homeless.
He said that some unmarried British males were sending improper and sexually suggestive texts to women escaping the Ukraine conflict, as well as recommending that they share beds.
The UNHCR said in a statement on Wednesday that the British government needs to adopt a “more appropriate matching process” to guarantee that women, especially those with children, be matched with families or couples instead of single males.
The report stated, “matching done without the appropriate oversight may lead to increasing the risks women may face, in addition to the trauma of displacement, family separation and violence already experienced.”
Concerns are increasing that the initiative, for which more than 150,000 individuals signed up as hosts in the days leading up to its March 18 start, is putting women at risk.
SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES