Before settling on the territory of a military base in County Meath, Ukrainians lived for about a week in an abandoned airport building in Dublin.
The Department for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth of Ireland, which is responsible for the accommodation of refugees in the country, reported that 150 refugees from Ukraine will be accommodated in tents on the territory of the military base. This is reported by the Irish publication Breaking News.
Integration Minister Roderick O'Gorman said earlier that the accommodation of refugees in the tent camp is not expected to be long-term, and people will stay in it for a maximum of a week, where up to 16 people will be accommodated in each tent. In addition, some tents and a canteen will be equipped with air conditioning to ensure comfortable living in conditions of rather hot weather in the country.
“The facility management company has been instructed to install air conditioning in the recreation tent and dining room. Other measures will be considered to ensure the comfort of those who occupy the accommodation,” the Department said.
However, Doras, a refugee support organization run by John Lannon, has expressed concern that refugees sleeping on the floor and in tents in Ireland could become a “worrisome new normal” unless urgent action is taken. Lannon noted that refugees arriving in Ireland are faced with deteriorating living conditions and a lack of basic housing standards.
“We are talking about people who are fleeing, people who have survived the horrors of war and are looking for a safe place to live. rest and shelter.While many of those we work with are grateful for any kind of food and shelter, the reality is that people need and deserve more than sleeping on the floor or in tents,” Lannon said.
According to him, the experience of settling refugees in tent camps, despite the fact that it is declared as a temporary measure, could become the new normal, and this is especially dangerous in winter conditions.
Lannon added that the government had warned about 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, but this statement will not solve housing problems, despite the fact that the organization is working at full capacity.