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Tuesday 5 December 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Refugees

Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Highest number of asylum applications filed on record last year
Over 13,600 people applied for international protection last year.
Last month
November 2023
Refugee organisations decry conditions in tents on Direct Provision sites as mid-winter approaches
A report by
David MacRedmond
The Journal spoke to a resident in one campsite who described conditions as inhumane.
Fresh appeal for people to offer unoccupied properties as temporary accommodation for Ukrainians
A tax-free recognition payment of €800 per month is available to anybody offering a room or property.
'Very traumatised' refugees not getting mental health support, experts warn
A lack of training and garda vetting is impacting refugees and other vulnerable groups, the Oireachtas mental health committee has heard.
Thousands of Afghans forcibly returned from Pakistan, say Taliban officials
Taliban officials have hit out at Pakistan for “cruel” treatment of Afghans in recent days, warning of “consequences”.
October 2023
Varadkar: 'No limit on the compassion of the Irish people ... there is a limit to our capacity'
Varadkar said reports of a coalition row on the issue of accommodation for Ukrainian refugees are “very much exaggerated”.
Government revisits idea of cutting social welfare supports for Ukrainian refugees
With 30% of Ukrainian refugees arriving into Ireland from other EU countries, government sources state social welfare supports are being assessed.
Govt examining evidence that Ukrainians arriving in Ireland are coming from other EU states, says Martin
A heated discussion took place at Cabinet on issues around Ukrainian supports.
Plan to impose time limit on State accommodation for Ukrainians deferred by coalition leaders
A senior source confirmed that it was decided that “more work” was needed on the specifics of social welfare.
Taoiseach: Ireland won't give Palestinian refugees the same protection as Ukrainians
The Taoiseach said Ukraine is “very much in our neighbourhood”.
No movement on lack of Child Benefit entitlement for families in Direct Provision
Earlier today Heather Humphries said O’Gorman would be making an announcement on financial support for families in Direct Provision.
September 2023
More than 2,500 migrants dead or missing in Mediterranean in 2023
The migrants and refugees “risk death and gross human rights violations at every step”.
At least 20 dead and 290 hospitalised after fuel depot explosion in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh
It was not immediately clear what caused the blast.
Extra €1b announced for Ukrainian accommodation as Minister confirms tents may be used over winter
Currently, 800 people are being housed in tents.
Over 13,300 refugees flee into Armenia after Azerbaijan retakes disputed enclave
Reporters saw the refugees crowding into a humanitarian hub set up in the city of Goris to register for transport and housing.
Minister says Govt 'under real pressure' to accommodate refugees in coming months
Roderic O’Gorman said a significant increase in arrivals “particularly on the Ukrainian side” is putting additional pressure on accommodation.
Tánaiste confident use of tented accommodation for refugees will be short-term
Micheál Martin acknowledged the use of tents to house refugees is ‘not ideal’.
Roderic O'Gorman emailed by TDs over concerns about refugee accommodation and far-right figures
A report by
Stephen McDermott
Dozens of TDs have emailed O’Gorman about refugees in the past year.
FactFind: What are the laws around asylum seekers being able to vote in Irish elections?
Irish and British citizens can vote in General Elections, but all residents can vote in local elections.
This year
Saudi border guards have killed hundreds on Yemeni border this year, Human Rights Watch reports
The HRW report said there was no response to letters it sent to Saudi officials.
Sudan: 'She was caring for her own children as well as two others separated from their parents'
As a million flee Sudan, a crisis is unfolding along its border, writes Rosamond Bennett of Christian Aid.
Asylum seekers taken off Bibby Stockholm barge after Legionella found in water supply
Refugees are being housed in the barge in an attempt to reduce spending on hotels for asylum seekers.
41 migrants missing and feared dead after Mediterranean shipwreck last week
The shipwreck is one of several deadly incidents reported in recent days after a period of bad weather.
Hundreds attend rally in Dún Laoghaire in support of asylum seekers
The rally kicked off this afternoon at 1pm at the People’s Park in Dún Laoghaire.
NUJ has ‘grave concern’ over AI-generated story on refugees published by regional news group
The online article was published this morning across Iconic Media digital titles.
Varadkar condemns attack on family home of councillor in which rock was thrown through window
A note was wrapped around the rock, which warning the councillor to “stop supporting” refugees “or you’ll have to move out”.
Gardaí investigating after rock thrown through window of councillor's family home
A note was wrapped around the rock, which warning the councillor to “stop supporting” refugees “or you’ll have to move out”.
MEPs pass resolution calling for EU-led search and rescue mission in Mediterranean
The resolution requires EU members and Frontex to provide vessels, equipment and personnel to contribute to an EU-led search and rescue mission.
'Fortress Europe': NGOs and MEPs critical of EU following migrant Mediterranean tragedy
A report by
David MacRedmond
Last week’s tragedy off Greece took place a week before World Refugee Day.
Advocates say Ireland has a 'two-tier' asylum system ahead of World Refugee Day
“The Ukrainians aren’t getting treated amazingly… but the fact that they have been given PPS numbers, it means that they could have done this with all asylum seekers from the beginning.”
What we know so far about the shipwreck tragedy off Greece
Hundreds are missing, raising questions about whether more could have been done to prevent the tragedy off Greece.
79 dead and over 100 rescued from sunken migrant ship off Greek coast
Along with navy vessels, the rescue operation included an army plane and helicopter as well as six other boats that were in the area.
Four unaccompanied minors among 1,400 refugees forced to sleep rough, report shows
A report by the Irish Refugee Council examined the impact of homelessness on already vulnerable asylum seekers arriving in Ireland.
Student accommodation to house thousands of refugees for second summer
Up to 5,000 empty student beds will be used to accommodate refugees from Ukraine and other countries.
State to pay €1.5m to EU over lack of accommodation for asylum seekers
Taoiseach says it is not realistic, legal, or practical to put a limit on the numbers of people coming into Ireland.
Debunked: Video arguing migrants will damage Ireland relies on false claims and statistics
‘Our children’s future is in peril’, the video says, citing news organisations with strong racist links
Ireland may 'fall short' on human rights obligations over lack of accommodation for refugees
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that the Government was “working tirelessly” to resolve the situation.
O'Gorman: 'Disturbing' that anti-immigration protesters are 'wrapping themselves in the tricolour'
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has described some recent protests outside asylum seeker accommodation as wrong.
Opinion: The US turned a blind eye as a culture of violence grew - we should not do the same
TASC director Dr Shana Cohen says Irish society shouldn’t become complicit in a culture of violence by remaining silent.
'Horror' after Clare protesters board bus to conduct 'headcount of asylum seekers'
Protests have taken place at Magowna House hotel in Inch, Co Clare, after over 30 assylum seekers were moved into holiday homes there this week.