Thousands of refugees are to be accommodated in tent camps from next Monday, as half of the accommodation promises have fallen through


Thousands of Ukrainian refugees could be housed in tent camps as early as Monday as hotels are running out of space and only half of those who offered space in their homes have kept their pledges.

Between 90 and 95 per cent of the new refugees arriving in Ireland in the coming days will be accommodated in emergency shelters. This includes tent camps and camp beds in community halls or sports halls. The Millstreet camp in Cork is scheduled to open next Monday.

The children’s department is currently trying to renew and extend contracts with hotels and guesthouses where possible. It is also trying to find alternative accommodation for those refugees who are currently staying in hotels.

A government spokesman admitted there would be “increased pressure” for short-term accommodation and that it was “increasingly likely” that the Cork camp would be used to house people once it was ready from next Monday.

In the meantime, about half of the 24,000 housing promises made by citizens to the Red Cross have been withdrawn or the person who made the offer can no longer be reached.

All who have made pledges are expected to be contacted in the next week, Cabinet has been told.

The housing crisis that Ukrainian refugees are facing comes as over 81 percent of all arrivals are currently seeking shelter.

Some additional capacity will be created by local authorities in the coming days, but ministers have been told it will be “dormitory-style accommodation” with cots set up in community and sports halls.

Up to 42,000 Ukrainian refugees will have arrived from Ireland by the end of May, according to the latest forecasts presented to Cabinet ministers on Tuesday.

However, between 52,000 and 69,000 could arrive by the end of May if the number of daily arrivals averages between 580 and 900 over the coming weeks.

Around 23,000 Ukrainians have already arrived in Ireland. A government spokesman said there would be 34,000 arrivals by April 30 if the current arrival rate continues.

“There remains a high risk of short-term emergency shelter and short-term housing shortages,” the cabinet was told.

The meeting also heard that the situation in Ukraine was “very serious” and that there was “no doubt” that war crimes had been committed.

Ministers were also told that 670 primary and secondary schools across the country have now enrolled Ukrainian children. Thousands of refugees are to be accommodated in tent camps from next Monday, as half of the accommodation promises have fallen through

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