Ireland to accept 4,000 refugees

Following a cabinet meeting this morning, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has announced that Ireland will accept 4,000 refugee in the coming months.

A network of emergency receptions and orientation centres will be set up immediately and assessments and decisions on refugee status will be made in the coming weeks.

It agreed a network of emergency reception and orientation centres would be established and that assessments and decisions on refugee status would be made within weeks.

The Tánaiste Joan Burton has said that the number of refugees who come to Ireland is likely to be far in excess of the 4,000 agreed by the Cabinet this morning. The initial figure will be boosted by additional members of refugees’ families who may be brought to Ireland later.