Norwich City Council stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine as they defend peace and democracy.
The city council is ready to do all we can to welcome people to our city, which has a tradition of providing a safe haven stretching back centuries. The council is currently mobilising to do this and will continue to support community groups and third sector organisations that are helping to organise relief, as well as the Ukrainian community in Norwich.
We call on the UK government to urgently play its part by:
- Following the lead taken by European leaders in response to Ukrainians seeking sanctuary from war by establishing safe routes for people to come to the UK for asylum and by joining the EU-wide plan for resettling refugees with visa-free access.
- Further strengthening sanctions on Russia, and on Russians with links to the Kremlin, including freezing or seizing assets and banning Russian access to UK financial and property markets.
- Properly funding local authorities to deliver the Homes for Ukraine programme and other refugee support, including adequate funding for housing need and wider support, such as education and health, including mental health.
We also encourage members of the public to write to the UK Government to call on it to back humanitarian routes for asylum and sanctions as above.