The Irish Red Cross has asked the public for pledges to provide shelter for displaced people Ukraine.
The charity said it was in talks with the Irish Refugee Protection Program (IRPP) to house refugees from Ukraine.
“Given our experience with migration programs to Ireland, we will use our lien register where we search for vacancies and vacant properties in the public domain so that we can help Ukrainian refugees live in our communities,” said a spokesman for the charity.
To date, the charity has registered 180 pledges from Irish homeowners who have expressed an interest in helping.
The Irish Red Cross Crisis Appeal received €6million in donations from the Irish public this week.
The Department for Equality, Inclusion and Disability has funded various organizations across the country including the Irish Red Cross to enable communities to come together and sponsor a family.
It requires a strong committee, undergoing a training program, providing funding and access to a property.
Once the conditions are met, the refugee family is welcomed into the community. The Irish Red Cross already has five groups with refugees from countries such as Syria and Afghanistan.
The Irish Red Cross Secretary-General said the charity has been welcoming refugees to Ireland for more than 50 years.
Liam O’Dwyer said: “In 2015, during the height of the Syrian conflict, the government agreed to take in 4,000 Syrian refugees and granted them protection status upon their arrival, and we have been privileged to be here with UNHCR to provide assistance afford to.
“Part of our brief here has been to build a relationship with a particular group of refugees, learn their needs and plans and work to match them with mortgaged and privately hired accommodation across Ireland.
“Typically in this humanitarian work, Irish Red Cross caseworkers connect refugees with host families and stay in touch to ensure their education or work plans are developing properly.
“At the end of the commitment, the clerks helped the refugee find either a private rental apartment or a social home. Our program is currently working with and hosting refugees from Afghanistan and is currently preparing for the arrival of refugees from Lebanon.
“Our strong record and experience of welcoming and supporting the integration of refugees into communities across Ireland, as well as recognition of the Red Cross symbol, gives them real confidence in us.”
If you are willing to offer support in the form of shelters for Ukrainian refugees, see: https://registerofpledges.redcross.ie/
It comes as Galway TD Ciaran Cannon has called for the creation of a registration portal for Irish people wanting to open their homes to Ukrainian refugees.
Last year, the Fine Gael TD welcomed Afghan refugees into his home, and he says he was “inundated with expressions of interest” from families across the country trying to provide shelter to Ukrainian people fleeing “Putin’s terror.”
“I urge the government to set up a registration portal as soon as possible so that we can use this opportunity effectively and enable people to be part of a strong national effort,” he said.
“I know the Red Cross is already doing a good job on this, but they need support and our government has to step up here and provide it. The portal can immediately meet the needs of Ukrainians on their way to Ireland.”
“In Ireland we have a deep understanding of what this means, the trauma and anxiety involved with being uprooted from your home and family. This is why so many Irish families are willing to open their hearts and their homes to those fleeing Ukraine and it is vital that we offer them the opportunity to express their interest in a very easy and seamless way .”
https://www.independent.ie/news/irish-red-cross-appeals-to-public-to-offer-accommodation-to-people-fleeing-ukraine-41412801.html The Irish Red Cross is appealing to the public to offer shelter to people fleeing Ukraine