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New schemes to help refugees and people from Ukraine integrate into Wales

08 May 2022 3 minute read
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The Welsh Government have announced two new schemes which it says will help refugees and people from Ukraine integrate into Wales

The schemes will involve a new Welcome Ticket will provide refugees and people from Ukraine with free bus travel as well as free entry to Cadw sites across Wales.

Announcing the scheme, which builds on the free six-month rail travel pilot, unveiled in recent weeks, the Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt said it underlines Wales’ commitment to be a Nation of Sanctuary to people fleeing conflict and abuse around the world.

The Welcome Ticket will be available to refugees and people arriving from Ukraine, providing all eligible people free, unlimited travel on local bus services, including those operating into England where the journey starts or finishes in Wales.

Many bus companies across Wales have agreed to participate in the voluntary scheme which will run for six months ending on 30 September 2022

Passengers will need to show evidence of their eligibility for the scheme, which maybe their passport, visa or biometric residence permit when boarding. They will then be given a Welcome Ticket by the bus driver.

Cadw have also announced their scheme to offer free individual or family entry to all Cadw sites for refugees and those seeking sanctuary in Wales.

Visitors to Cadw sites who are refugees, asylum seekers or people from Ukraine will also need to show appropriate documentation from the Home Office.

Nation of Sanctuary

Deputy Minister for Climate Change Lee Waters said: “This is a major step forward in ensuring refugees and people from Ukraine can travel freely across Wales – it will help them to integrate into Wales and make a positive contribution to our nation.

“I want to pay tribute to all those bus companies across Wales for taking part in this scheme – it demonstrates their commitment to making Wales a real nation of sanctuary.”

Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport Dawn Bowden said: “I’m delighted to see Cadw playing its part in showing what being a Nation of Sanctuary means.

“This offer will be in place until 25 October, ensuring all those who come to Wales seeking sanctuary will have the opportunity to view and visit Welsh cultural and heritage sites across the country free of charge.”

Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt said: “We’ve made great strides in delivering on our promise to be a Nation of Sanctuary in Wales. These announcements show this commitment in action.

“Being a Nation of Sanctuary means welcoming people to Wales and providing them with help and support to settle into their lives in Wales. We’re very proud we can extend these fantastic schemes to people from Ukraine.”

“We firmly believe the skills, experience and resilience of refugees and asylum seekers are an asset to Wales – that’s why we’re proud to extend the welcome and support their ambitions to thrive in Wales. This is what being a Nation of Sanctuary is all about.

“We want to ensure that these individuals are supported to rebuild their lives and make a full contribution to Welsh society.”

The Welcome Ticket is available to refugees and people from Ukraine. For further information about the terms and conditions of the Welcome Ticket scheme, the link is here.


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Cynan
Cynan
4 months ago

Perhaps we could find a way to get more of our English immigrants to integrate too. Lots do. Many don’t.

Phil
Phil
4 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

In what way don’t they integrate, please?

Cynan
Cynan
4 months ago
Reply to  Phil

Accuse locals of speaking Welsh to spite them. Continually try to undermine our democratically formed, democratically elected Senedd. Talk at Welsh citizens like we are beneath them or subordinate to them. Don’t even try to pronounce our place names, names or learn even a few words of the language. Give stupid English names to places which already have names. Try to implement demands from complexity fallacies on message boards that they regularly troll.
That’s just off the top of my head. This could be a much longer post.

Gavin Reuter
Gavin Reuter
4 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

Please don’t take in a refugee and infect them with your sorry weak victimhood.

Cynan
Cynan
4 months ago
Reply to  Gavin Reuter

Wow! An integrated one! It said “please”! Da iawn Bach!

Cynan
Cynan
4 months ago
Reply to  Gavin Reuter

Oh oh oh and … typical Tory colonist trying to prevent people taking in refugees! 🖐 come on, don’t leave me hanging.

Phil
Phil
4 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

Surely this is bordering on racism? If you said it about our visitors who arrive by dinghy I’m sure you’d be in trouble

Cynan
Cynan
4 months ago
Reply to  Phil

See it was obvious you were fishing for the opportunity to play the victim. But I played along anyway.
And yet …. You seem to have an issue with refugees, no matter the euphemism you hide behind. Which kind of undermines you playing the victimhood card.

Phil
Phil
4 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

Victim? Victimhood? What are you talking about? I’m no victim. I’m simply pointing out the fact that your posting was bordering on being racist

Cynan
Cynan
4 months ago
Reply to  Phil

So since you hurl accusations of racism, which race are you accusing me of being -IST against?
It is a significant and revolting accusation you make so you should have no problem naming the race.
Especially since you have openly declared you opposition to refugees and immigrants being welcomed to our shores.

Phil
Phil
4 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

Go back through my posts and endeavour to find any mention of opposition to refugees or immigrants. You won’t find it.
All I’ve done is query your examples of the lack of integration by English residents and point out the possible racism in your messages.
Maybe you’re a closet racist and don’t realise it.

Cynan
Cynan
4 months ago
Reply to  Phil

Okay HERE:-
“If you said it about our visitors who arrive by dinghy I’m sure you’d be in trouble”
So again which RACE are you claiming I am racist about?

Are our English “MASTERs” a “RACE” in your book Phil? I think I may know the name of your book Phil.

Phil
Phil
4 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

It seems that you have a pretty dim view about all but those of the Welsh Nation.
Those arriving by dinghy are mainly from the Middle East, Eritrea and Somalia.
They arrive from France by dinghy, mainly, it seems, because all other avenues of travel have been closed to them by this government.
I’ll answer your query about the whether the English are a race with a question.
Do you consider the Welsh a race?

Cynan
Cynan
4 months ago
Reply to  Phil

It “seems that” to you does it? Apropos of WHAT exactly? You have parlayed a specific comment about non-integrating English people into an appalling accusation of global xenophobia. You have not answered my question with your “question”. Stop being a slippery fish and have the courage of your convictions. I commented on the behaviour of some English colonists in Wales. You accused me of being racist on four separate occasions. You seem desperate to paint me so, so you are required to be VERY specific here about your libels. So come on weasel, DO YOU consider the English to be… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Cynan
Cynan
Cynan
4 months ago
Reply to  Phil

Or are you just a coward, who implies slyly with nothing between your legs but your head?

Phil
Phil
4 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

Enough!.. I’ve accused you of nothing. I said that I thought your message was bordering on racism and later that you seem to have a dim view on all but those of the Welsh nation.No need to throw your toys from the pram. Just an observation with which I’m quite happy to see you disagree if that’s your wish.
No need to be permanently on the defensive.
All for now. Bye.

Cynan
Cynan
4 months ago
Reply to  Phil

Enough? You don’t get to decide that. You have outright called me a racist five times now! My message referred to a subset of the English people who treat my nation like their own personal fiefdom. And this was enough for you to repeatedly libel me. And now you have been found out, you are all “Lord Huffington-Puffington-Bluffington”. Trying to Boris your way out of your sleazy actions. Your accusations were false. Your conclusions were dishonest and your true colours are revealed for any who care to see them. Shame on you. Cymru looks forward to you – personally –… Read more »

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