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Saturday 20 September 2014

State has been a haven for over 60 years

Published 14/08/2014 | 02:30

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Since the 1950s, Ireland has resettled displaced people from all around the world for a variety of reasons.

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1956 The first large group of refugees arrived in Ireland from Hungary - 530 people arrived here in total as they fled from Soviet tanks after the Hungarian uprising.

1973 Ireland became one of the last countries in Europe to accept refugees fleeing the concentration camps of Augusto Pinochet in Chile: 120 Chileans arrived in Ireland.

1979 Between 1979 and 2000, a total of 803 Vietnamese were re-settled in Ireland.

1985 The Irish government agreed to receive 26 individuals from the Baha'i community who had fled persecution in Iran.

1992 to 2000 Over an eight-year period, 1,342 Bosnians were re-settled in Ireland as they fled violence that erupted after the break up of the former Yugoslavia.

1999 to 2001 The Kosovar programme saw 1,063 people arrive into Ireland on the run from violence in the Balkan region. The Kosovars returned home after the conflict ended.

2000 to 2014 Ireland has re-settled 1,045 people since 2000, including Iranian Kurds (282) and citizens from the Democratic Republic of Congo (149).

Irish Independent

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