93% of promised housing does not house Ukrainians

Just over 1,300 Ukrainians live in pledged accommodation in Ireland – despite initial housing offers exceeding 20,000.

This means that only 6.5% of this promised housing is now hosting refugees fleeing war – and just over 93% has yet to materialise.

34,800 Ukrainians have arrived in the country since the end of February and more than 25,000 have sought accommodation with state services.

More than 180 unaccompanied children have entered Ireland in the past four months.

The Cabinet sub-committee overseeing the response to the war in Ukraine is meeting tomorrow.

The meeting comes after senior government officials reportedly expressed serious concerns last week over the search for additional accommodation.

There are particular concerns about what will happen when student accommodation is no longer available at the end of the summer to house those seeking refuge.

There has also been an increase in recent weeks in the number of people from other countries seeking asylum here.

Officials are examining whether this is linked to Britain’s new Rwandan policy.

Activists in the UK lost a High Court bid on Friday to block the British government’s plan to send migrants to Rwanda, paving the way for the first flight scheduled for Tuesday.

While Irish local authorities have resumed the vetting process to assess pledged accommodation, only 400 vacant homes are currently housing people.

The government aims to have 6,000 people in promised accommodation by August.

Local authorities are also rehabilitating properties to make 3,000 short-term places available.

About a fifth of the people who have come here from Ukraine work, mainly in the hospitality sector.

The government is currently exploring ways to provide more language courses to help these refugees find employment here.

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