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# Refugees

Last year
2022
# new report
Language barrier and mental health ‘key concerns’ for Syrian refugees settled in Ireland
A new report found that “healthcare quality is, on the whole, affected primarily by one concern, and that is language”.
Voices
Tom Clonan: Time is running out for Putin in Ukraine and this makes him dangerous
The security analyst says that having seized all of Luhansk, Putin will now turn his attention to Donetsk.
# INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION
Explainer: Why has the govt suspended visa-free travel from 'safe' countries for refugees?
The agreement will be suspended for the next 12 months.
# Europe
Visa-free travel for some refugees suspended over fears of 'abuse' of system - Ukrainians not affected
The Government made the announcement this evening amid a shortage of accommodation for refugees.
# Refugees
About 150 refugees to arrive to 16-per-tent Defence Forces marquees in Gormanston tomorrow
Further sanctions against Russia are on the cards.
# Ukraine
Government aims to stop refugees staying 'more than one night' in airport before relocation
Minister O’Gorman said that Gormanston tent camp would begin to house refugees from Monday.
# Refugees
Gormanston tent camp for refugees to open on Monday due to accommodation shortage
The Government said more than 160 people fleeing Ukraine have been transferred out of the Old Terminal building in Dublin Airport today.
# Ukraine
Eight sites identified for modular homes to house Ukrainian refugees
Student accommodation will no longer be available for refugees at the end of the summer.
# Refugees
Ireland could develop two-tier treatment of asylum seekers, Refugee Council warns
Large numbers of people are currently sleeping on the floor of the Red Cow Moran hotel due to a lack of resources for asylum seekers.
# Refugees
UK judge allows government to send asylum seekers to Rwanda
Home Secretary Priti Patel said the government will now continue to deliver “on progressing our world-leading Migration Partnership”.
# ireland ukraine fund
Grants up to €100,000 available to organisations helping Ukrainians in Ireland
New figures released by the CSO show that a total of 35,670 PPSNs have been issued to people from Ukraine since early March.
Voices
Opinion: Preferential treatment of white European war victims is a lamentable reality
Dean Van Nguyen looks at how Ireland has helped Ukrainian refugees and wonders why others have not been treated as well.
# War
€10.5 million allocated to community groups supporting refugees from Ukraine
More than 30,000 people have travelled from Ukraine to Ireland since the start of the war.
# Cabinet
Cabinet approves two-year lease on Citywest Hotel to accommodate Ukrainian refugees
The hotel and conference centre currently accommodates about 2,300 people fleeing the war.
# Refugees
UK sets mid-June date for first flight of asylum seekers to Rwanda despite legal threats
Home Secretary Priti Patel acknowledged the new policy is set to face challenges in the courts.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Were refugees and asylum seekers segregated by race in a Dublin processing centre?
An activist Twitter account claims an “apartheid system” gives Ukrainians preferential treatment over asylum seekers from other countries.
Arrivals to a Dublin centre were given different coloured wristbands depending on their race according to an activist group.
Wristbands determined access to beds with Ukrainian arrivals given beds while other asylum seekers slept on the floor, the group alleged.
The group, Abolish Direct Provision Campaign, called on Minister Roderic O'Gorman to resign.
# Refugees
War in Ukraine pushes number of people forcibly displaced globally to 100 million
The Russian offensive has turned to a key Donbas city.
# rent a room
Up to €14,000 can be earned in rent by social welfare recipients under newly agreed rules
The change means that social welfare payments will not be impacted for earning rental income under €14,000.
# ukraine-ireland
Families in Ireland hosting Ukrainian refugees to get €400-a-month but they must opt-in
The payment is to be a flat €400 regardless of the number of refugees being hosted.
# high court action
Building earmarked for Ukrainian refugees illegally taken over by alleged Socialist/Republican group court told
Counsel said that the occupiers have also renamed the building as James Connolly House.
# Ukraine
Russia to cut electricity to Finland as tensions rise over Nato bid
Sergei Lavrov has accused the EU of transforming from a “constructive, economic platform” into an “aggressive, militant player”.
Sergei Lavrov has accused the EU of transforming from a "constructive, economic platform" into an "aggressive, militant player"
Kyiv has admitted it is unlikely to become a Nato member - but has forged ahead with an application to join the EU
Russian forces have been accused of committing atrocities - including the killing of unarmed civilians, torture and rape
Kremlin warns of retaliation after Finland seeks to join Nato
Russia continues assault on east Ukraine as Finland moves towards joining Nato
# payment
Cabinet subcommittee approves €400 payment to households who host Ukrainian refugees
The final sign off of the decision will take place at Cabinet next week.
Voices
Opinion: Ukrainian refugees are vulnerable to trafficking and abuse - we must protect them
GOAL’s Mary Van Lieshout says Ukrainian refugees are vulnerable to exploitation and government agencies and NGOs must do more to protect them.
# Ukraine
No one wants to see Ukrainian families moved from hotels at short notice, says minister
A number of Ukrainian refugees were given just 15 hours notice that they had to move.
# Integration
'The saddest journey of my life': Asylum seekers on navigating Ireland's immigration process
Asylum seekers who spoke to researchers praised supports such as counselling but said their treatment in some situations made integration difficult.
# Ukraine
Russia plans to 'annex' Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions, US official says
The evacuation of Mariupol was delayed today amid heavy fighting in Ukraine’s east.
# Refugees
Charities say Rwanda plan not deterring ‘desperate’ migrants crossing Channel to UK
Small boat journeys from France to the UK began again on Sunday after a break of more than a week.
# Ukraine
Payment to households hosting Ukrainian refugees ‘to be made in coming weeks’
Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said there are almost 27,000 Ukrainians who have been issued with PPS numbers.
# Housing
Councils identify 89 State-owned buildings to immediately house over 5,000 Ukrainian refugees
A total of 25,383 refugees have arrived in the country as of last night.
# Cabinet
Cabinet to discuss scrapping hospital charges for under 16s
The Government plans to abolish charges for overnight stays as well as fees for day cases.
# Housing
Vacant social homes set to be refurbished as Taoiseach reiterates 'no cap' on Ukrainian refugees
This plan and others will be discussed at Cabinet tomorrow.
# Ukraine
'It's a huge undertaking': Red Cross to begin rollout of shared accommodation for Ukrainians
The charity has said supports will be available to hosts to help ensure the arrangement runs smoothly.
Almost 25,000 pledges of accommodation were offered through the Irish Red Cross portal, Michelle Hennessy writes.
The first tranche of accommodation match-ups will be for adults only.
It emerged last week that the Government is considering offering a €400 monthly payment to hosts.
# Ukraine
Justice Minister says 'no cap' on Ukrainian refugees arriving despite accommodation challenges
Integration Minister Roderic O’Gorman earlier said “grouped” accommodation will be a “more substantial part” of housing refugees.
# Refugees
Ukrainian lawyer in Limerick has 'lost all contact' with relatives who stayed behind in war zone
32-year-old Anna Kovner said she has found solace in meeting others from her country who escaped the conflict.
Voices
Dr Lorcan Sirr: Ukrainian refugees can be housed quickly and easily if government acts now
The senior lecturer in housing says the urgent need to house Ukrainian refugees may be what Ireland’s housing crisis needs, with political will.
# Emergency Accommodation
Hotel beds for Ukrainian refugees set to revert to tourist use ahead of summer season
Efforts are being made to renew short-term contracts with hotels
# Housing
Housing minister says government will pull 'every lever available' to house Ukrainian refugees
Vacant buildings are being examined to find spaces that can be converted to homes.
# ukrainian refugees
Tent camp, warehouses, arenas and Citywest hotel may house refugees by Easter
Warehouses and other vacant properties might also be used to house people arriving here from Ukraine in the coming days.
# ukraine response
Urgent housing: Fair Deal rule change to allow vacant houses be rented will free up 8,000 units
Government ramp up plans to deliver more housing as 18,600 Ukrainians are now in Ireland.
# Refugees
UK visa scheme ‘asks if four-year-old Ukrainian is a terrorist’, British woman says
The British wife of a Ukrainian-born woman said the visa scheme took away the humanity of her relatives.