More than half of those who have promised incoming Ukrainian refugees accommodation have changed their minds or are unreachable so far, the Irish Red Cross (IRC) said.
losing to one in six (16%) of the 25,200 housing pledges made in Ireland so far have been withdrawn, while 40% of landlords contacted by the IRC have been unavailable.
Liam O’Dwyer, secretary general of the IRC, said that although the Irish have a “tremendous amount of goodwill and generosity”, it is common for people to make promises but then decide not to.
“If someone had asked me in advance, I would have predicted this would happen – it’s very common. People are so generous and want to help, but then their situation changes, or they think about it and realize that it’s not “It’s not the best option. It’s not new, so we were prepared for that,” Mr O’Dwyer told Independent.ie.
The IRC will send an email this weekend to all those who have promised accommodation as an alternative way to reach the 40% who have not withdrawn their offer but have not yet been contacted.
The door is always open for these people to come forward because “there are so many goods needed”, Mr O’Dwyer said.
He hopes many of these pledges will be available as 40,000 Ukrainian refugees are expected to arrive in Ireland by the end of this month. Every day, around 900 Ukrainians seek refuge in Ireland.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar admitted on Thursday that refugee accommodation will be “very difficult to manage” and will be the biggest refugee crisis Ireland has ever seen.
The Irish Red Cross is focusing on settling Ukrainian families in vacant properties, of which more than 5,600 have been pledged, before moving on to assess the roughly 19,000 offers of shared accommodation.
Mr O’Dwyer said there had been many offers from institutions across the country and Clonliffe Seminary in Drumcondra would start accepting refugees within weeks. It should accommodate up to 600 people. Many other religious sites across the country are also being assessed, having been donated to the Irish Red Cross.
Mr O’Dwyer said the desperate nature of the situation dictates that action is being taken on a “needs” basis, which will lead Ukrainians to emergency accommodation, such as hotels, community centers and d other makeshift facilities.
“It’s the speed of it all, really, and the absolute numbers.
“The government has prepared many emergency accommodations such as tent villages as a precaution, as they do not want to be caught off guard, if there is no accommodation available in other facilities, hotels or accommodation. promised.
“People can be moved there, at least temporarily, if necessary. I don’t think there is much to do about it. It is not satisfactory, but it is very necessary at the moment”,