Monday 19 March 2018

State to take in Syrian refugees

Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

IRELAND has agreed to accept more than 30 refugees from the Syrian conflict, the Irish Independent can reveal.

Details of the Irish offer to permanently resettle the refugees fleeing the war-torn country comes as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees has appealed to western governments to rehome more refugees.

Rebels have been fighting government forces for more than two years in their attempt to overthrow the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

According to the UN, more than 100,000 people are believed to have been killed and nearly two million more have left the country and are housed in squalid camps in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan.

A further four million people have been displaced by the conflict.

Irish Independent

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