Ireland Running Short of Accommodations for Ukrainian Refugees

The Irish State has ran out of places to house incoming Ukranian refugees with the Citywest facility in west Dublin filling to capacity.

The Department of Children announced on Wednesday that it had to halt the admission of new newcomers into existing State housing due to a lack of beds and space at CityWest and the absence of an immediate backup plan.

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman, in a recent statement, said they want to end the use of the Dublin Airport to house Ukrainian refugees and also reduce the numbers in the CityWest.

O’Gorman said there are 150 people who are scheduled to be moved at a military camp in Co Meath on Tuesday.

However, Ukrainian refugees are expected to stay in tents at a military camp for no longer than a week.

In order to accomplish this, O’Gorman said, a second welcome center would be opened in the next two to three weeks utilizing empty premises that the Department of Housing provided last week.

O’Gorman suggested that tents needed to be erected to the current state-owned centers for asylum seekers to accommodate non-Ukrainian asylum applicants.

A surge in refugee arrivals in Ireland during the previous “six to eight weeks” had put pressure on the Irish system in handling them.

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