Ireland locates 26 sites for refugees

Ireland locates 26 sites for refugees
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald

The Government has identified 26 locations that will house the 4,000 refugees Ireland has agreed to take in

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that 90 areas were identified as potential sites, with just 26 being deemed suitable by the department.

So far 129 refugees have arrived in Ireland this year from Lebanon and Jordan, with a further 62 from Syria due to arrive before the end of the year.

The minister has met with a number of different departments to prepare for the arrival of thousands of refugees.

When the refugees arrive they will stay at a reception centre for eight to ten weeks where they will learn some basic English and skills such as how to use euros before being moved to their permanent homes.

In Waterford, where 25 refugees are expected to arrive shortly, a reception centre is opening in Clonea Strand Hotel in Dungarvan to house those who arrive.

The Irish Refugee Protection Programme, established under the Department of Justice, has been seeking premises capable of housing at least 70 people at a time.

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