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Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens expected to move to the UK under a new visa scheme will be helped to access housing, schools and jobs, the communities secretary has said.

Around 27,000 applications have been made for visas brought in after Beijing imposed a national security law in the former British colony.

The visas give Hong Kong citizens the right to live in the UK for five years.

Robert Jenrick told the BBC ministers wanted to provide “necessary” help.

“If they struggle, then we’re here to support them,” he said.