Ukrainian refugees to stay overnight at Dublin airport as Ireland runs out of beds for newcomers

The government has warned of a “serious shortage” of government shelters for incoming Ukrainian refugees.

Amid increasing congestion at Dublin’s Citywest hotel complex transit centre, new arrivals who have not yet arranged alternative accommodation are being asked to stay at Dublin Airport overnight and through Thursday.

Ireland has taken in more than 40,000 refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine – most of them women and children – including nearly 1,500 last week.

Asylum seekers from other countries also continue to seek refuge in Ireland through the International Protection Service.

In a briefing for NGOs supporting Ukrainian refugees in Ireland, the Children’s Department admitted the country was running out of beds for new arrivals.

It is now likely that the government will start sending refugees into the large tent village built on military land at Gormanstown Camp in Co Meath, which can accommodate several hundred people.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will hold talks with other ministers on Thursday to discuss the situation as the government tries to create alternative housing options.

“Ensuring the safety, health and security of people fleeing Ukraine has been and remains one of the government’s top priorities since the start of the Russian attack in February,” the government said in a statement.

“Most of the people who come to Ireland are women and children.

“This effort has involved all relevant government departments and agencies, local authorities, the Defense Forces and government agencies such as Tusla (Child and Family Agency) and the HSE (Health Service Executive), among others.

“In recent weeks there has been a very large increase in the number of people seeking access to the International Protection Service (IPS) and this is leading to a serious shortage of available accommodation for both people arriving from Ukraine and people who apply for international protection.

“This is also causing congestion at the Citywest Transit Hub.

“Inbound overnight arrivals will remain at Dublin Airport if they have no alternative source of accommodation.

“The government is working hard to introduce alternative regulations with immediate effect.

“The Taoiseach is meeting with relevant ministers tomorrow to discuss the situation and review current policies and processes.” Ukrainian refugees to stay overnight at Dublin airport as Ireland runs out of beds for newcomers

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