City West International Protection Accommodation centre is to pause the acceptance of new arrivals according to a statement released by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.
The department – headed by Minister Roderic O’Gorman – said that to date Ireland, “has accommodated more than 73,000 people who have fled here, between International Protection (IP) applicants and those fleeing the war in Ukraine.”
It continued “response to the ongoing migration crisis has now entered an extremely difficult phase, with insufficient accommodation available nationwide for International Protection applicants, and the outlook for accommodation for people fleeing the war in Ukraine is also challenging”.
The statement says, “it has now become necessary to pause the provision of emergency shelter for IP adults arriving into the Transit Hub at Citywest.”
City West transit hub is to remain open “for all other matters, including processing of accommodation for Ukrainian Beneficiaries of Temporary Protection (BOTP). The International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS) will continue to provide accommodation for IP families with children.”
“Due to the nationwide shortage of available accommodation for IP applicants, particularly single males, the Transit Hub has been providing emergency shelter while applicants wait to be assigned to accommodation. It is no longer possible to provide emergency shelter to IP adults as the Transit Hub has now reached capacity.” it says.
The statement continues that any international protection applicants that are not provided with accommodation “upon arrival or when applying for International Protection at the international Protection Office” are to have their contact details taken and will be contacted “as soon as accommodation becomes available.”
The department says the policy will be kept under review “taking account of arrivals of Ukrainian Beneficiaries of Temporary Protection and International Protection applicants and of available accommodation.”