The Minister for Children; Equality; Disability; Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, has confirmed that approximately 500 contracts are in operation providing accommodation to Beneficiaries of Temporary Protection (BOTPs) fleeing the war in Ukraine.
Currently contracted accommodation capacity includes beds in hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, hostels, self-catering accommodation and ‘certain other repurposed settings.’
The Minister also confirmed that as of 20th September, more than 49,000 people have arrived in Ireland and in excess of 38,000 of those have been referred to his Department seeking accommodation from the State. The total number of persons who have arrived from Ukraine and are in serviced accommodation is 34,288.
The total number of Ukrainians in emergency accommodation is 783. From the latest available homelessness data published by the Department of Housing, this is higher that the number of Irish citizens in emergency accommodation in the Mid-East, Midlands, Mid-West and North-West regions combined.
Meanwhile, contingency planning continues with ‘multiple avenues’ being explored when it comes to procuring accommodation as the influx of those arriving in the state seeking housing supports shows little sign of slowing down.
The information was provided to Independent TD for Laois Offaly, and member of the Rural Independent Group, Carol Nolan.
Deputy Nolan had requested Minister O’Gorman to provide details on the total number of Ukrainian refugees who are currently in Ireland; the types of accommodation in which they are currently residing, including the numbers in hotels, bed and breakfasts, private residences, other rented accommodation, and temporary accommodation such as community halls and the total number of persons who are being accommodated in each type of accommodation.
In his reply to Deputy Nolan, Minister O’Gorman stated that ‘the operational challenges brought about by responding to the conflict are significant. Our country has never experienced an influx of displaced persons like the one that we have seen over the past months.’
Minister O’Gorman concluded his reply to Deputy Nolan by pointing out that overseeing provision of accommodation on this scale during this timeframe for all those who require it remains ‘immensely challenging. ‘