UKRAINIANS fleeing Vladimir Putin’s invasion will be able to seek sanctuary in Britain visa-free if they have family in the UK.
Boris Johnson announced the relaxation of immigration rules as the UN warned that nearly 400,000 refugees had left Ukraine.
The PM also pledged another £40million to provide medical aid to Kyiv after talks with President Zelenskyy and meetings with community leaders at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in London.
He said: “The UK will not turn our backs in Ukraine’s hour of need.”
Immigration Minister Kevin Foster caused fury by telling those fleeing to come to the UK to pick fruit.
Replying to Labour MP Luke Pollard, he tweeted that they could try “our seasonal work scheme”.
He later deleted the message, which Mr Pollard branded “painfully unaware”.
The Labour MP said: “We need safe routes open.”
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