Refugees from Ukraine (Home Fee Status)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 21st April 2022.

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Photo of Carol Mochan Carol Mochan Labour

4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what plans it has to offer home fee status to Ukrainian refugees in Scotland, or those displaced following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (S6O-00977)

Photo of Jamie Hepburn Jamie Hepburn Scottish National Party

On Thursday 14 April, I announced that displaced Ukrainian nationals settling in Scotland who have submitted an application to the homes for Ukraine scheme, the Ukraine family scheme or the Ukraine extension scheme will be eligible for home fee status and living cost support from the 2022-23 academic year.

Photo of Carol Mochan Carol Mochan Labour

I thank the minister for that news, which is most welcome.

Will that provision include the considerable number of other nationals who have been displaced by the conflict in Ukraine?

Photo of Jamie Hepburn Jamie Hepburn Scottish National Party

It will cover all the nationals whom I mentioned. I must concede that I do not quite follow the precise nature of the question. The nationals to whom the member referred are encompassed within the provision that I outlined in my initial answer. If there is a specific cohort that she would like to write to me about, I would be happy to respond to her in writing.

Photo of Jenni Minto Jenni Minto Scottish National Party

What support is the Scottish Government providing to international students studying in Scotland who find themselves in financial hardship?

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

That question is not directly related to the conflict in Ukraine.

Photo of Jamie Hepburn Jamie Hepburn Scottish National Party

The question is directly related to the conflict in Ukraine, in that, on 14 April, we announced a newly created £1 million international students emergency fund, which will support Ukrainian nationals who are already studying here, and other international students who face financial hardship as a result of significant changes in their circumstances. Eligible students will be able to apply for immediate financial assistance through their college or university.