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Ireland to accept Ukraine refugees as millions set to flee to Europe

According to the UN, over a million refugees have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded, as Ireland prepares to accept an undefined amount.

According to the United Nation’s refugee agency, over a million Ukrainians have fled to date, and they believe that number could rise to 4 million in the coming weeks.

Asked this week how many refugees Ireland was willing to accept from the crisis, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that th government had not “set limits.”

In addition, Martin has estimated that as many as 20,000 Ukrainian refugees could come to Ireland “to start with” based on the 1 million who have already fled. Scaling this to the UN’s projected 4 million, this could mean 80,000 in total in coming weeks.

In addition, European Affairs Minister Thomas Byrne told RTÉ Radio One that all Ukrainian visitors have had their visas waived, and that an unlimited amount are allowed to enter the country.

“We can’t control numbers on that, if someone wants to claim asylum because they’re being oppressed or because of a war, we have to consider each and every application,” he said.

“We are going to have to go beyond providing State-provided accommodation,” the Taoiseach said.

“It will probably have to involve families as well who are willing to open up their homes for a temporary period of time. The response can’t be a normal response.”

He told the Dáil that Ireland must be “generous.”


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