Government in talks to take in refugees with disabilities unable to flee Ukraine


The government is trying to accommodate disabled Ukrainian refugees who may not be able to flee the country from residential facilities.

Government officials are in talks with the Red Cross and the Ukrainian government about transporting disabled people to Ireland, however the number of people who can be taken there is not yet clear as officials are careful not to disrupt the Irish system overload.

Although some autistic refugees are believed to have already arrived in Ireland, there is growing fear of disabled people who may not be able to escape from residential institutions on their own.

The government estimates that there are still between 80,000 and 250,000 people with disabilities Ukraine who may be trapped in institutions or “gathered environments,” according to a well-placed source.

The source said the best way to save refugees would be a temporary ceasefire to allow people to be physically transported out of facilities by NGOs.

Some of these institutions in Ukraine are run by religious orders.

Health Ministry officials are also looking into housing options for disabled or elderly refugees, as some may need to be accommodated near hospitals or health facilities.

Concerns have been raised about the lack of housing as some service providers have closed housing.

Plans for disabled and elderly Ukrainian refugees are understood to be at an “early stage” and will involve the HSE.

Meanwhile, Cabinet ministers will be updated tomorrow on the government’s response to the war in Ukraine.

Nearly 13,500 refugees have arrived in the country, and tented accommodation may be needed if the state cannot provide enough hotel rooms.

Up to 40,000 Ukrainians are expected to have arrived in Ireland by the end of April. Government in talks to take in refugees with disabilities unable to flee Ukraine

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