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Ukrainian housing crisis brewing in Cork as third level students set to return

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Taoiseach Michael Martin with local officials and members of the Irish Emergency Response Unit viewing the damage to the Borodyanka area of Kyiv, Ukraine, as the premier visits the region to reiterate Irish solidarity with the Ukrainian authorities in the face of the Russian invasion. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Michael Martin with local officials and members of the Irish Emergency Response Unit viewing the damage to the Borodyanka area of Kyiv, Ukraine, as the premier visits the region to reiterate Irish solidarity with the Ukrainian authorities in the face of the Russian invasion. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Michael Martin with local officials and members of the Irish Emergency Response Unit viewing the damage to the Borodyanka area of Kyiv, Ukraine, as the premier visits the region to reiterate Irish solidarity with the Ukrainian authorities in the face of the Russian invasion. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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A plan is needed to provide accommodation for Ukrainian refugees into the medium term as many current options for lodgings for people fleeing the war-torn country will be closed off in the coming weeks.

While there are at least 3,828 Ukrainians being accommodated in various locations around Cork at present - the figures are the latest provided by the Central Statistics Office and are dated from June 21 - a large proportion of this is in danger of drying up in the coming weeks when, for instance, students return to third level colleges and the accommodation currently being used by Ukrainians is required for them. The figure for Cork is approximately 10% of the total nationally, around 40,000, and there are approximately 150 more refugees arriving every day.


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