No shelter for up to 8,300 refugees until the end of May – analysis by the government


According to a government analysis, there will be no shelter for up to 8,300 Ukrainian refugees by the end of May.

The Cabinet was warned by the last week of April that “all types of accommodation will be at maximum capacity”.

And by the end of May, between 29,000 and 33,000 Ukrainians are expected to be looking for housing in Ireland.

Ministers have been told that 90 percent of the shelters under management are currently being used to house Ukrainian refugees.

They have been advised that self-contained accommodation will be filled as soon as it becomes available as demand exceeds available capacity.

So far, the Red Cross has only secured 110 overnight places from public offers.

“There will be a shortage of shelters by the end of April. Up to 8,3000 would be left without housing by the end of May as all housing types will be at maximum capacity from the fourth week of April,” the cabinet was told.

It gets by with over 1,200 refugees Ukraine be housed in makeshift emergency beds in community centers and sports halls, the cabinet later announced.

New figures show that despite a drop in arrivals in Ireland in recent days and over the Easter weekend, there is now an acute shortage of accommodation.

Some refugees are expected to be housed at Millstreet Arena in Cork later on Wednesday and another facility will soon be set up at Gormanston Camp in Meath.

However, around 1,271 refugees who have arrived in recent days are already being accommodated in makeshift emergency beds in community and sports halls across the country, according to the latest figures compiled by the Department for Children and Equality.

Of the 24,438 new arrivals from Ukraine in Ireland since the Russian invasion began in late February, some 16,128 have applied for housing from the state.

The ministry has sourced around 10,500 hotel rooms in recent weeks, but housing shortages are now forcing the state to use “dormitory-style accommodation,” including camp beds set up in community halls and gymnasiums.

All who have promised vacant accommodation through the Irish Red Cross have now been contacted and Cabinet will be informed at a later date.

Ministers are told that 878 offers of vacant properties have now been withdrawn, while 674 mortgaged properties have been handed over to local authorities and another 100 have gone to other partners involved in hosting refugees. Between 150 and 200 people have already been accommodated in promised accommodation.

The latest figures from the Department of Justice show 200 refugees arrived via Irish ports and airports on Monday, while that figure fell to 137 on Tuesday.

Some 2,418 people arrived in the week ended last Sunday, a significant drop from the previous week’s 3,456, which was itself a drop from the previous week’s 4,216.

Ministers are told that while the number of arrivals has fallen over Easter week, it is expected to rise again after the holiday.

In addition, ministers were told that last Friday 17,000 emails were sent to those who had promised accommodation, asking them to confirm their offer. Over 5,000 people responded, 1,000 withdrew their offer.

Cabinet has also been told that a total of 2,325 emergency beds are available through local authorities and that the Children’s Department expects to sign deals for the use of the Citywest hotel and 750-room conference arena to provide further accommodation capacity this week.

The latest modeling done by the Department of the Taoiseach estimates 400 arrivals per day, of which between 75 and 100 percent are seeking shelter by the end of June.

On that basis, the cabinet was told there could be a housing shortage by the end of April, as up to 8,300 refugees would be without shelter by the end of May. When self-contained accommodation is not available, the time it takes for people to be accommodated can take up to 21 days and for assisted accommodation, up to 27 days.

Ireland has frozen over €1 billion in Russian assets until April 14, ministers were also told. No shelter for up to 8,300 refugees until the end of May – analysis by the government

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