Ireland to take in 50 refugees without homes after camp destroyed by fire

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Ireland To Take In 50 Refugees Without Homes After Camp Destroyed By Fire
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Ireland will take in 50 refugees who have been left homeless after fires destroyed the Moria Refugee Camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Several families are part of the group of refugees granted asylum by Greek authorities who will be settled in Ireland in the weeks ahead.

The Department of Justice has said it will find homes for these 50 people in the Refugee Resettlement Programme, while officials will travel to Greece in the next fortnight to make arrangements for the group.

Children's Minister Roderic O'Gorman said he is also currently seeking funding to bring in more unaccompanied children from Moria.

The Government has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure we have the capacity now to bring over both unaccompanied minors and family groups as well.

“The Irish people really have come together and they really want to see the movement of people out of Lesbos,” he said.

“I think everyone sees the conditions that adults and children are living in over there, and I think that’s why the Government has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure we have the capacity now to bring over both unaccompanied minors and family groups as well.”

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Irish aid worker Caoimhe Butterly has worked at the camp since 2015, and is among those calling for at least 400 refugees to be resettled here.

“The announcement in the Dáil a couple of weeks ago vis-à-vis the four unaccompanied minors, we felt that we had to aim higher than that,” she said.

“It’s based on an aspirational number, which at this stage we’re really going to stick to as a campaign.

“400 in relation to the 13,000 women, men and children who are living through the cruelty and inhumane conditions in not only Moria but other refugee camps, it’s really a fraction of what we should be giving.”

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