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Ireland warns Ukrainian refugees not to come as there’s no more room

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The Irish Ambassador to Ukraine has warned refugees from the country not to come. She said those who make the journey may find themselves unable to acquire accommodation.

The United Nations last month listed 7.6million Ukrainian refugees across Europe.

This included 2.85million in Russia.

After this, close to 1.5million of the refugees are now in Poland, and just under one million have landed in Germany.

Ireland, too, has worked to aid Ukraine in its efforts against Russia’s “special military operation”, including by housing refugees.

Commenting on the situation, Thérèse Healy, the Irish Ambassador to Ukraine, said the country “has never seen so many people arrive in such a short time frame”.

She added that because of the high numbers, available spaces are now “restricted” and refugees how arrive in Ireland risk having nowhere to stay.

Ms Healy wrote in European Pravda: “I wish to highlight that available State-provided accommodation is now very restricted.

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“There have been instances in recent days during which we could not temporarily place newly-arrived Ukrainians and others such as those seeking International Protection in suitable accommodation.

“This challenge is one we continue to grapple with and about which we care very deeply.

“We ask the Ukrainian people for their understanding and caution anyone contemplating travelling to Ireland at this time to be aware that we may not be able to guarantee the availability of State-provided accommodation on arrival, despite our very best efforts and wishes.”

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She stressed that this did not mean Dublin would cut down on support in other areas, insisting that “Ireland is resolute in our solidarity and support for Ukraine”.

Ireland is also working to help Ukraine along its path of joining the European Union.

Ms Healy wrote that membership of the Brussels bloc “has been an overwhelmingly positive experience” for Ireland and that “Ukrainians will embrace their journey along the EU path”.

Brussels officials have, however, downplayed expectations of Ukraine joining the bloc any time soon.

Emmanuel Macron said in May that such a bid could take “several decades”.

He added: “That is the truth, unless we decide to lower the standards for accession. And rethink the unity of our Europe.”

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