The number of Ukrainians arriving in Ireland has risen by 3,300 in the past three weeks, new data shows.
Figures released yesterday by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that 47,962 people have sought refuge in Ireland from Ukraine since war broke out in February.
All displaced Ukrainians were assigned Personal Public Service Numbers (PPSNs) under the Temporary Protection Directive.
Women aged 20 and over account for 47 percent of arrivals, while those under the age of 19 – both men and women – make up 36 percent.
The highest percentage of arrivals – 18,079 people – were categorized as “one parent with children”.
On August 7th, a large percentage of new arrivals attending employment support events organized by Intreo’s public employment services indicated that mastering the English language was a major challenge in finding employment.
Of the 15,627 arrivals who attended an Intreo event, 11,251 had recorded previous occupations, with “employed” being the largest group at 33 percent.
Of the 11,999 people with the highest level of education, 68 percent had achieved an NFQ level of seven or higher.
Statistician Karola Graupner said the CSO data provides insight into Ireland’s response to the Ukraine crisis.
“This press release provides an analysis of Ukrainian arrivals seeking support and services from the Ministry of Social Protection, as well as insights into enrollments in primary and secondary schools monitored by the Ministry of Education,” Mr. Graupner said.
Meanwhile, refugees have been forced to sleep on chairs without blankets at the Citywest transit hub, sources say.
Bulelani Mfaco of the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (Masi) said his group had been contacted by refugees at the facility.
Due to the surge in refugees arriving in Ireland the page is said to be full.
In a letter to the children’s welfare office, Masi said some refugees had to sleep without blankets.
A spokesman said: “We have recently been contacted by asylum seekers who have been sleeping on chairs without blankets in Citywest since August 14.
“While aware of the current pressures in the accommodation system, we remain concerned that asylum seekers are being subjected to conditions that do not provide an adequate standard of living as required by the EU’s Reception Conditions Directive for Asylum Seekers.”
“Due to intense pressure on available housing, applicants for international protection are required to temporarily await housing allocation in the Citywest transit hub.
“International Protection Accommodation Services (IPAS) are working to ensure they are allocated accommodation in the shortest possible time and where vulnerable individuals are identified they will be prioritized in the allocation.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/almost-48000-ukrainian-refugees-came-to-ireland-since-start-of-war-cso-figures-show-41924526.html Almost 48,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Ireland since the war began, CSO figures show