The Irish government is planning the potential arrival of 200,000 Ukrainians in the country while the Russian invasion continues.
At a cabinet meeting later on Tuesday, ministers will discuss the crisis in the war zones Ukraine as well as the Irish answer.
The government has already taken in about 10,000 Ukrainian refugees in the country but is preparing to welcome tens of thousands more.
The number of refugees that Ireland is expected to take in has risen sharply since the Russian invasion began, as almost a quarter of Ukraine’s population has already fled their homes, with more than 3.5 million of them already fleeing the country.
The figure of 200,000 for Ireland is based on the expectation that 2 per cent of the 10 million people likely to flee Ukraine could come to the republic.
Agriculture Secretary Charlie McConalogue said on Tuesday that planning is continuing to provide adequate housing and support for refugees coming into the country.
“While there is no way permanent permanent housing can be established overnight, the best possible arrangements must be made to accommodate them, to meet their basic needs, to ensure they are protected, cared for and have access to education and health and in indeed to employment,” he told Radio RTÉ.
“So it’s going to be a challenge as we move forward.”
Mr McConalogue is also seeking Cabinet approval for a €12 million package for arable farmers to boost crop production amid the disruption caused by the war in Ukraine.
Farmers have already reported increases in fertilizer and animal feed costs.
Arable farmers will play a “really, really important” role in food and grain production, the minister said.
However, he acknowledged the growing burden of high costs on farmers.
“From a cost perspective it’s going to be more challenging this year, from a supply chain perspective I think we will overcome these challenges and continue to ensure that we produce food as usual and actually deliver internationally as well,” he said.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/ireland-planning-for-potential-arrival-of-200000-refugees-from-ukraine-minister-says-41473772.html Ireland is planning the potential arrival of 200,000 refugees from Ukraine, the minister says