Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said Ireland offers Ukrainians more shelter than refugees from other countries because they are in the European neighbourhood.
r Varadkar said one of the reasons why Russia invaded the Ukraine because they want to join the EU.
“I think when something happens in your neighborhood, in your community, or on your property, it’s only natural that you want to respond in a way you might not if something happened in another part of the world,” he said.
He answered questions about the different conditions granted to refugees fleeing other parts of the world
“I think it’s also important to keep in mind the legal situation, which is that Ukrainians enjoy temporary protection in the European Union,” he said
“Many of the people who seek asylum in Ireland do not come here legally and are never granted refugee status because they are not refugees. And so I know we can say that politically correct, but it’s actually correct and legally correct,” he added.
Mr Varadkar also warned that there will not be dedicated housing for everyone fleeing Ukraine.
On Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue said Ireland was preparing to potentially take in up to 200,000 refugees from Ukraine as the number of refugees has risen dramatically since the Russian invasion began.
“They will not be cared for in open-door or self-catering shelters,” Mr Varadkar said.
“There are analyzes I hear from some people that suddenly we will find 40,000 or 50,000 houses for Ukrainian refugees. That will not happen. You wish that were possible. That’s not possible,” he said.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/leo-varadkar-says-ireland-taking-in-more-refugees-from-ukraine-than-elsewhere-as-they-are-part-of-european-neighbourhood-41478628.html Leo Varadkar says Ireland takes in more refugees from Ukraine than anywhere else because they are part of the European ‘neighbourhood’.