There are currently 500 Ukrainian refugees in hotels in Ireland as “hundreds” of Irish families have opened their doors to people fleeing war.
Child protection and equality Roderic O’Gorman told Independent.ie that people have provided empty bedrooms in their homes and empty homes to refugees.
“About 500 people have been accommodated at the hotel since February 26,” he said.
“Surely I know hundreds [offers] there has been a lot for TDs and senators and NGOs.
“Some people have provided rooms, some have offered vacant properties or second homes, some have provided accommodation that may be larger than they have,” he said.
The government today launched a ‘commitment portal’ with the Red Cross, where people and businesses will be able to apply for any support they can offer to newly arrived refugees.
Then, Red Cross and Government officials will contact those who have offered help and will “in the coming weeks and months” accept the offers.
Minister O’Gorman said: “There has been a real generosity from the Irish and that’s something we really appreciate and are looking to capitalize on through the engagement portal.
He said “nothing is ruled out” as Government officials are examining the construction of modular housing on State land and the use of military barracks as possible solutions to asylum. House.
However, he said that Ukrainian refugees would not have to be provided in person as they would be able to enter the country without a visa and be treated like EU citizens with the right to work or study.
He added: “They have the status under the EU directive issued last Thursday.
Minister O’Gorman said that Ireland is normally allocated 2 per cent of refugees to the EU amid speculation that the number could be as high as 100,000.
“1.5 million people have already left the country and that will only increase.”
It comes as the EU is considering easing tough state aid rules to allow governments to help companies hit by energy prices that have been made worse by war in the region. Ukraine.
The issue will be discussed at this week’s two-day EU leaders’ summit in Paris attended by Taoiseach Michael Martin. The informal meeting, which begins on Thursday, aims to introduce new flexible debt and deficit regulations to help stimulate a post-Covid economic revival.
But Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine has completely crossed that agenda for the meeting chaired by French President Emmanuel Macron. The talks will now focus on moves to further tighten sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s regime in Moscow and coordinate a response to the growing humanitarian refugee crisis.
However, all EU governments are under increasing pressure to discuss plans to shore up their economies against the aftermath of war. Brussels diplomats said yesterday that the priority must be to protect jobs and livelihoods by keeping some companies out of business.
Proposals include easing EU state aid rules with officials in initial discussions of measures similar to those in the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, sources said. The Irish Independent confirmed. Brussels officials point out that existing EU rules allow member states to make up for losses incurred in “exceptional circumstances” and Europe’s first major war since 1945 be considered part of this.
It will be assigned to the EU Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, to lead the negotiations on potential rule changes to the rules. But a key guideline is to avoid conceding any unfair competitive advantage within a sector or among member states while also assessing the potential longer-term effects of change.
This week, the EU Policy Guidance Committee will also publish plans to reduce Russia’s energy dependence. This is expected to see the EU aiming to double its gas reserves by next winter.
Such a move is likely to avoid a broader crisis next winter and a more stable energy market across the 27 EU member states would help Ireland indirectly. But most of Ireland’s gas comes from the Corrib field and through the UK.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/500-ukrainian-refugees-are-staying-in-irish-hotels-as-hundreds-of-families-open-doors-to-people-fleeing-war-41420527.html 500 Ukrainian refugees are staying in hotels in Ireland as ‘hundreds of families’ open their doors to those fleeing war