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Ukrainians gathered outside Leinster House including children from St Joseph's school in Fairview, Dublin. Photo: Collins

Ukrainians gathered outside Leinster House including children from St Joseph's school in Fairview, Dublin. Photo: Collins

Ukrainians gathered outside Leinster House including children from St Joseph's school in Fairview, Dublin. Photo: Collins

The number of Ukrainian pupils enrolled in Irish schools continued to climb steadily in June, to reach almost 7,300.

The latest figure of 7,285 is up from 6,797 a month ago, and from 5,843 in mid-May.

There has been a rapid growth in numbers since schools in Ireland first started welcoming refugees in early March, within weeks of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Primary schools account for 70pc of the enrolments, accommodating 5,047 children who have fled the conflict in their home country.

By comparison, 2,238 pupils are registered with post-primary schools.

Many of the teenagers arriving in Ireland, particularly those close to finishing school, continued their studies online with their own teachers.

The latest count from the Department of Education is based on school returns last week, as the primary sector closed for the summer holidays.

There may be a time lag between enrolment and entry on the database.

While the 1,247 enrolled in Dublin schools is the greatest number for any county, many of the children and their families are concentrated along the west, south-west and south coasts, because of the availability of hotel accommodation and school places.

Where possible, families have been moved to areas where schools have spare capacity.

The network of regional education and language teams, known as REALT, which act as a point of contact for families seeking school places, will continue to operate while schools are closed for the summer.

REALTs also support schools to meet the needs of Ukrainian pupils and co-ordinate the provision of education services to schools and families across their area.


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