About 2,500 Ukrainian refugees will have to move by the end of the month

It is estimated that 2,500 Ukrainian refugees will need to find new accommodation by the end of this month.

It follows that after it emerged last month that the state was running out of accommodation for arriving refugees, the Ukrainians were temporarily housed at Gormanston Army Camp in County Meath.

Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Irish Red Cross (IRC) secretary general Liam O’ Dwyer said charities did not know where refugees leaving student halls of residence would go.

However, Mr O’Dwyer said it is hoped that many refugees will be able to move into the promised accommodation over the next two weeks.

Mr O’Dwyer said another concern was the proximity of work for the 6,000 refugees who have started working in Ireland.

He also revealed that to date between 3,600 and 3,700 people have moved into pledged accommodation.


The IRC has been heavily involved in assisting Ukrainian refugees in Ireland.

Earlier this month, one volunteer, Rosemarie Heydon, had previously expressed concern over the “enormous anxiety” felt by Ukrainian refugees housed at Maynooth University (as well as IRC volunteers working with them) when it came to finding new accommodation for refugees. .

‘We all want longer-term accommodation for each of them,’ she said: ‘But as everyone is well aware, there is a housing crisis in Ireland, and it has spread on the surface, and this addition of 44,000 people adds pressure on the (housing) system.”


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