Huge Rise In Refugees Seeking...


Huge Rise In Refugees Seeking Help

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There's been a big jump in the number of people seeking protection in Ireland.

That's the finding of today's Irish Refugee Council Impact report, which also shows their rights are getting worse.

The reports shows shows the Council supported 11,000 refugees compared to 3,000 in 2021, that's a sharp rise of 267 per cent.

The organisation’s helplines received 24,000 calls compared to 15,000 in 2021 a 60% increase.

The report highlights a further deterioration in the rights of people seeking protection in early 2023, as more than 355 people are currently homeless and without accommodation.

It describes this as a grave and deteriorating situation that requires all of government attention.

“In a year of records, we should remember that behind every number there is a person,” said IRC chief Nick Henderson.

“From the young mother from Ukraine alone with her toddler to the man fleeing political persecution in Eritrea with the simple aspiration of seeking safety, all come to Ireland with hope.

“It is our mission to help all people in this situation.”

IRC helplines received 24,000 calls from 15,000 people in 2021, a 60% increase on the year before.

IRC staff also responded to 5,000 email queries last year, up 733% on 2020.

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