HC Deb 26 April 1951 vol 487 cc547-8
16. Mr. William Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Ukrainians are at present in this country; what type of work they are doing; and how many have applied for British nationality.

Mr. Ede

Persons who previously lived in the territories forming the Ukraine are recorded as nationals of the different States to which those territories belonged, and it is, therefore, not possible to say how many in all are now in the United Kingdom or have applied for naturalisation. It is known, however, that there are in the United Kingdom about 23,000 former inhabitants of the Ukraine who came to the United Kingdom as European volunteer workers, 8,000 who came as prisoners of war, and 5,000 who came as members of the Polish Forces. Those in the first and second groups were placed in undermanned industries, mainly agriculture, the textile industry and coal mining. Information about the employment of those in the third group is not available. Very few of the persons in these groups can yet be eligible to apply for naturalisation.

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