According to Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys, Irish households have accommodated 10,000 Ukrainian refugees.
So far, 2,500 people have come from Ukraine, with most of these being women and children.
Minister Humphreys said: “There are about 10,000 offers or places on offer for accommodation.
“We have a lot of vacancies at the moment, so we want to help them in any way we can.
“There were a lot of people coming in with offers.”
The government has set up a ‘commitment gate’ that allows people to volunteer an empty bedroom or empty house to house Ukrainian refugees, or any other service they can provide.
A facility has been set up to handle incoming refugees at the old terminal at Dublin Airport, where arriving refugees will be guided as they arrive.
Then, officials from the social protection and justice departments will ask them to fill out a form stating their personal details.
They will receive their PPSN and then be taken to a hotel or other accommodation.
“We want to make sure that when people come to this country, they are welcomed and converted into communities.”
Minister Humphreys said refugees will receive any welfare support they need, including child benefits, which will be handled through local post offices.
Justice Secretary Helen McEntee said she spoke to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel last weekend.
Reports in the Daily Telegraph yesterday include concerns raised by unnamed Government sources in London, which say a Joint Travel Area between the UK and Ireland could pose a risk. security” for Ukrainian refugees arriving in the country and traveling to the UK.
Minister McEntee said that the Common Travel Area “will not be stopped” but declined to clarify if concerns about Ukrainian refugees arriving in Ireland and travel to the UK were raised.
“I am very confident and satisfied with the conversations we have had, the mechanisms and measures in place to maintain contact.
“We collaborate and we work together,” she said.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/over-2500-ukrainian-refugees-have-arrived-in-ireland-as-households-offer-places-for-10000-people-41427815.html More than 2,500 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Ireland as households provide accommodation for 10,000 people