Almost 13,500 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Ireland, according to Justice Minister Helen McEntee.
The vast majority of the refugees, 93 percent, have arrived at Ireland’s Dublin Airport, she told reporters as she arrived for an emergency meeting of EU justice and home affairs ministers in Brussels.
Over 3.9 million people have already fled Ukraine, most of them (2.2 million) to Poland.
To live, settle and work, the EU grants refugees ‘temporary protection’ status and EU ministers are expected to draw up a plan to tackle trafficking in human beings, given that the majority of refugees who have fled or are on the run, women and children are.
At today’s EU meeting, ministers will also discuss financial support for frontline states. Ms McEntee said when funding became available for Ireland the government would look into it.
The justice minister told RTÉ: “What is really important … is that we recognize the risks of such a mass movement of people. Risks related to human trafficking, child exploitation, but also crime.
“What we need to make sure is that as people move further away from the original member states, we talk to each other together, that we know where people are traveling to and that we can obviously see where people are looking for that temporary protection mechanism .”
Ms McEntee added that it is difficult to predict how many refugees will come to Ireland overall.
She said: “But I think the more coordinated we are, the better able we will be to respond effectively, whether it’s providing shelter, preparing schools for children, ensuring access to health care for the people.”
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/almost-13500-ukrainian-refugees-have-arrived-in-ireland-justice-minister-41495813.html Almost 13,500 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Ireland – Justice Minister