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MU Takes Further Action to Support Humanitarian Efforts in Ukraine

The EC has agreed on a £10,000 donation on behalf of members to support ongoing humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, and we have some suggestions for those wishing to email MPs about the refugee crisis.

Published: 14 March 2022 | 6:22 PM Updated: 21 March 2022 | 3:00 PM
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We know that MU members are very concerned about the situation in Ukraine and keen to express solidarity and take action in support of the country and its people.

The EC has agreed on a £10,000 donation on behalf of members to support ongoing humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. We also suggest the following for those who are able to donate further:

  • Music venues in Ukraine are turning themselves into shelters and have put together a funding campaign to buy essential items. Visit Music Saves UA, a non-profit fundraising project created to provide immediate humanitarian help to those who need it most right now in Ukraine.
  • DEC has launched the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, with Government pledging to match donations up to £20m.
  • ICRC has launched the Ukraine Crisis Appeal to support Red Cross teams providing humanitarian aid to people in Ukraine and refugees arriving in neighbouring countries.
  • UN Refugees is also upscaling its work in Ukraine and surrounding countries providing protection and humanitarian assistance.
  • The Voices of Children Foundation is providing assistance to children and families in Ukraine and assisting in the evacuation process.

Also, a group of volunteer legal professionals with immigration and asylum expertise have set up the Ukraine Advice Project UK to connect Ukrainian citizens in need of free legal advice on immigration, asylum and visas with qualified and regulated lawyers.

Take action by writing to your MP

If you would like to email your MP about the refugee crisis, here are some suggested points to make:

  • Please ask the government to ensure that visas are quick and easy to apply for and receive. Some Ukrainians are waiting for weeks.
  • The government needs to take the lead in matching refugees with potential host families in the new ‘house a refugee scheme’ otherwise many Ukrainians will not be able to benefit.
  • Please ask the government to increase the number of Ukrainian refugees that it is accepting into the UK.

Read more ways that you can express solidarity with Ukraine, including assets for use on social media.

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