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Friday 22 August 2014

Hundreds of Syrian refugees to find new home here

Claire McCormack

Published 28/06/2014 | 02:30

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A Syrian refugee child is framed through a broken window as others (back) stand near the remains of their burnt belongings, a result of an outbreak of clashes between security forces and Syrian refugees at the Al-Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, April 6, 2014.
A Syrian refugee child is framed through a broken window as others (back) stand near the remains of their burnt belongings, a result of an outbreak of clashes between security forces and Syrian refugees at the Al-Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, April 6, 2014.
Syrian refugee Fahda, six, hangs on to her mother in the Fayda Camp in Lebanon, one of more than 50 million people who have been forced from their homes worldwide (AP)
Syrian refugee Fahda, six, hangs on to her mother in the Fayda Camp in Lebanon, one of more than 50 million people who have been forced from their homes worldwide (AP)
A boy stands on rubble at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the al-Maadi neighbourhood of Aleppo June 20, 2014
A boy stands on rubble at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the al-Maadi neighbourhood of Aleppo June 20, 2014

HUNDREDS of refugees, mostly from Syria, will be allowed to resettle in Ireland in the next two years.

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The UN refugee agency has welcomed the government decision to resettle 220 refugees in 2015 and 2016.

The announcement, made at a meeting in Geneva yesterday, comes as states begin to offer additional places for those fleeing the crisis in Syria.

Sophie Magennis, head of office at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ireland, said: "This is further proof of the Irish Government's commitment to finding solutions for refugees around the world . . . Resettlement is increasingly the only durable solution."

It is estimated that more than four million Syrian refugees will have fled the country by the end of this year. To date, Ireland's total financial commitment to the Syrian crisis is more than €28m and the country's Syrian humanitarian admission programme has received in excess of 300 applications.

Last year, 31 refugees from Syria were resettled here. Another 90 refugees are expected to arrive later this year.

Irish Independent

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