Tuesday 23 May 2017

Another 31 Syrian refugees to arrive in Ireland

Ireland will take 31 migrants Syrian refugees from Greece within weeks as part of an EU scheme. Photo: Joe Klamarjoe/Getty
Ireland will take 31 migrants Syrian refugees from Greece within weeks as part of an EU scheme. Photo: Joe Klamarjoe/Getty
Claire Mc Cormack

Claire Mc Cormack

Another 31 Syrian refugees will arrive in Ireland within weeks, just the second group of displaced people to be relocated here since the migration crisis swept Europe.

The latest migrants who will arrive from Greece are part of an EU scheme aimed at relocating 2,600 asylum seekers from Syria and Iraq in Ireland over the next two years.

The first Syrians — a family of 10 — arrived in Ireland earlier this year.

These groups are separate from several hundred asylum seekers who will be brought here under a UN programme from refugee camps in Lebanon and elsewhere.

A Department of Justice spokesperson admitted the EU relocation programme has been “slow in gathering momentum”, but said the Government was prepared to make more substantive pledges in line with its commitments.

Meanwhile, the Sunday Independent can reveal that the public have lodged 800 pledges to house incoming refugees to the Irish Red Cross.

More than 60pc have offered shared accommodation, while over 30pc have offered vacant houses and apartments — mostly around major cities but also including some coastal holiday homes.

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