Ire­land will dou­ble quota of refugees it ac­cepts in 2018

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Claire Gor­man

IRE­LAND will take in 600 refugees next year – more than twice as many as orig­i­nally planned, the Jus­tice Min­is­ter has said.

Char­lie Flana­gan an­nounced the com­mit­ment, which has been made as part of a new EU re­set­tle­ment pledg­ing ex­er­cise, to his col­leagues on Thurs­day.

He said: ‘This demon­strates Ire­land’s con­tin­u­ing com­mit­ment to play a full and ac­tive part in the EU ef­forts to meet the chal­lenges of the mi­gra­tion cri­sis.’

Mr Flana­gan said the Ir­ish Refugee Pro­tec­tion Pro­gramme, which was es­tab­lished two years ago in the wake of the Mediter­ranean refugee cri­sis, has pro­vided ‘a wel­come safe haven’ to more than 1,300 peo­ple, in­clud­ing over 650 chil­dren.

‘Im­ple­ment­ing the pro­gramme presents lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges but we are mak­ing steady progress,’ Mr Flana­gan said, adding that he has asked Jus­tice of­fi­cials to re­view the pro­gramme ‘to see what more can be done to en­sure we meet our tar­gets’.

Mean­while, Ir­ish Naval ves­sel the LÉ Wil­liam But­ler Years yes­ter­day re­cov­ered three dead bod­ies in an op­er­a­tion that saw 285 mi­grants res­cued off the coast of Libya.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.