Sunday 4 December 2016

'Home' help for refugees rejected

Daniel McConnell, Maeve Sheehan and Claire McCormack

Published 13/09/2015 | 02:30

Refugees and migrants arrive in a dinghy to the Greek island of Lesbos
Refugees and migrants arrive in a dinghy to the Greek island of Lesbos

THE Government is unlikely to accept offers from thousands of people willing to accept refugees into their homes due to it being "logistically" problematic.

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Government sources said it is looking for a sustainable solution to housing 4,000 refugees which "does not include people's homes". Commercial direct provision operators have begun scouting ghost estates and apartment complexes as suitable alternatives, according to industry sources. The refugees are expected to arrive here over several months with no more than 250 coming in at any one time.

At least 57 children arrived in Ireland alone without parents to seek asylum since January, amid fears of the emergence of a "two tier" refugee system.

Sunday Independent

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