Members of the public are urged to stop sending physical items to humanitarian organizations Ukraine border, and instead making welcome packs for Ukrainians arriving in Ireland.
Integration Manager at the Immigration Council of Ireland Teresa Buczkowska supports humanitarian efforts in Poland.
She said local aid organizations received more donations of clothing, diapers and other products than were needed.
“Please stop sending donations as reception centers are overwhelmed,” she said.
“We don’t need any donations in kind, such as clothing or diapers, everything is sorted. If you want to help, try to organize local welcome packs for people and talk to your local authorities and government about organizing a long-term resettlement plan and welcoming people from Poland to Ireland.”
Ms Buczkowska told RTÉ Tomorrow Ireland Program that most Ukrainian migrants in Poland still believe that the war will end soon and are reluctant to stray too far from their homeland.
“People don’t really want to go any further than Poland. They expect to be able to return home in the next few days and we all know that won’t happen.”
She said people arriving in Poland now are “much more vulnerable” and arrive with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.
Ms Buczkowska said the Irish government needs to better understand what is happening in places like Poland so that appropriate plans can be made for the arrival of refugees here.
“I think the government needs to be more aware of what is happening on the ground in Poland, what the needs are and then draw up the admission plans in Ireland.
“Without knowing what’s happening in Poland, I don’t know how we can design appropriate responses.”
Ms. Buczkowska said that an increasing number of unaccompanied minors are now also arriving in Poland and work is continuing to set up a more robust registration system for them.
She added that children with additional needs are particularly vulnerable and Ireland is in a better position to offer them support than, say, countries like Poland.
“I think Ireland needs to start acting now. The long-term resettlement plan is key here and I think helping the vulnerable should be one of the Irish Government’s priorities,” she said.
https://www.independent.ie/news/people-urged-to-stop-sending-donation-items-to-ukraine-as-aid-organisations-overwhelmed-41469913.html People are being urged to stop sending donations to Ukraine as aid organizations are “overwhelmed”.