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Secret cabinet memo warns of threat to ‘social cohesion’ over Ukrainian refugees

  • Accommodation crisis looms for 5,000 Ukrainians
  • Disruption to transport, travel and tourism expected

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Smoke rises above a residential area near the town of Izium, in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine, May 21, 2022 REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Smoke rises above a residential area near the town of Izium, in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine, May 21, 2022 REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Smoke rises above a residential area near the town of Izium, in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine, May 21, 2022 REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The Government has been secretly warned that the arrival of tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees into towns and cities across the country poses a risk to social cohesion and integration, particularly among deprived communities.

Ministers have also been told that the current humanitarian response could become unsustainable in the coming weeks, with a risk that those displaced by the war in Ukraine may not be able to secure accommodation, education, income support or access employment.


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