UK troops to help process refugees in Poland – but not France

Armed forces minister says Poland is ‘busiest of the visa application centres by some margin’

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British troops will be sent to help speed up the processing of visas for Ukrainian refugees in Poland but not France, the UK’s armed forces minister has said, amid criticism that people are having to wait too long for help.

James Heappey said the Home Office was “reconsidering” current plans for vetting the more than 20,000 people who had fled Ukraine and were hoping to join family members in the UK.

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