Dublin’s Citywest Transit Hub, which houses asylum seekers, has reached capacity and is currently unable to accommodate any more people.
The Department for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth has confirmed that the facility is now full due to the “significant increase” in the number of people looking for accommodation in recent weeks.
As a result, the department said it made the decision to “pause” arrivals at the transit hub until the number can reduce, in the “interest of the welfare of those currently awaiting accommodation in Citywest.”
Meanwhile, access to the Citywest facility for both international protection (IP) and Ukrainian persons will be “paused and under review,” the department said in a statement.
It said people arriving at airports “may have to wait there if they arrive overnight” and they are being supported by NGOs.
As capacity becomes available, access to Citywest will be prioritized for “families and people with vulnerabilities” where possible.
“For those arriving in the country as IP applicants or applying for temporary protection, if accommodation is not immediately available, communication will continue with them and support will be offered through NGOs where possible,” the statement added.
“Anyone who has alternative accommodation options are asked to take advantage of them, including mortgaged accommodation, and not participate in Citywest at this time.”
The department said it is working “urgently” across government and with agencies, NGOs and local authorities to bring new shelters on board to meet the state’s humanitarian responsibilities for both IP applicants and people from Ukraine can.
Department officials have also informed the Embassy of Ukraine about the situation.
However, the department said access to suitable accommodation is “severely restricted” and current forecasts point to a shortage of 15,000 beds by December as the number of incoming Ukrainians and IP applicants “is expected to remain at elevated levels.” becomes”.
It happens that currently over 58,000 people (42,000 Ukrainians, 16,000 international protection) are accommodated by the state. That’s compared to 7,250 at this time last year.
To date the department has contracted around 25 per cent of hotel beds in Ireland, alongside hostels, guest houses, mortgaged accommodation, sports stadiums, scout facilities, tented accommodation and modular units.
https://www.independent.ie/news/citywest-closes-to-ukrainian-refugees-and-asylum-seekers-with-new-arrivals-forced-to-stay-at-dublin-airport-42083275.html Citywest is closing to Ukrainian refugees and asylum-seekers, with new arrivals forced to stay at Dublin Airport