Irish Daily Mirror - - 3AM WEEKEND - BY TREVOR QUINN

IRE­LAND has promised to ac­cept an­other 600 refugees into the coun­try next year, it emerged yes­ter­day. The com­mit­ment has been made as part of a new EU re­set­tle­ment ex­er­cise in De­cem­ber 2018. Jus­tice Min­is­ter Char­lie Flana­gan said: “I in­formed my EU col­leagues that Ire­land will put for­ward a pledge of 600 refugees dur­ing this pe­riod. “This in­cludes a com­mit­ment to take an ad­di­tional 330 pro­gramme refugees above the 270 peo­ple who are due to ar­rive in 2018. “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.” There are cur­rently 120 refugees in an ori­en­ta­tion cen­tre at Abbey­field Ho­tel, Bal­laghader­reen, Co Roscom­mon, while last month a fur­ther 440 refugees in camps in Greece were cleared to re­lo­cate to Ire­land. Mr Flana­gan added: “To date over 1,300 peo­ple, in­clud­ing over 650 chil­dren, have found a new and safe home in Ire­land.”

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