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Housing Minister Rejects Calls To Limit Ukrainian Refugees

11,000 people have sought international protection in Ireland so far this year.

The Housing Minister has rejected calls to limit the number of Ukrainian refugees arriving here.

New figures show over 11,000 people have sought international protection in Ireland so far this year.

This is over four times the entire total of 2021.

Of those seeking international protection so far here this year, 67% (7,496) were male and 33% (3,635) were female.

Meanwhile over a fifth of those seeking asylum in Ireland are from Georgia.

Around 13% are from Somalia, while 12% are from Algeria.

Clare Fianna Fail TD Cathal Crowe is among those calling for a cap on the numbers.

Minister Darragh O' Brien insists the government has a moral and legal obligation to accommodate people fleeing war.

Protestors who blocked the port tunnel says they will escalate their campaign if an accommodation centre for asylum seekers in East Wall isn't closed. 

Demonstrations continue to be held against a proposed refugee centre at the Equestrian Centre in Kill.

Speaking on Kildare Today on Kfm, Green Party Senator Vincent P Martin, says local residents need better information.

 

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