The Irish Government is committed to resettle 4,000 refugees before the end of 2017. By December, 176 Syrian refugees had arrived in Ireland from the camps in Jordan and Lebanon. More resettlement from these camps is expected, along with several thousand refugees from migration hotspots in Italy and Greece under an EU Relocation programme as well as further refugees from countries including Syria, Iraq, Eritrea and Central African Republic.
Accommodation must be in a town, with easy access to facilities and served by regular public transport. The database of pledges will be matched against the needs of refugees leaving the network of government-run Emergency Reception and Orientation Centres and moving into the community. Over the next two years, corresponding accommodation providers will enter into contracts that may include a rent allowance.
Churches will also have a role enabling the welcome and integration of refugees into selected communities alongside other voluntary and statutory organisations. Pledges of accommodation from individuals and churches as well as offers of goods and services can be registered online. Donations to offset the cost of renting a home can be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 01-642 46 00.
The Irish Red Cross are also running two crisis appeals.
The Migration Crisis Appeal focuses on the thousands of migrants making the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean Sea. The Red Cross is on an emergency footing in 24 countries across Europe providing over 300,000 migrant people with food, water, shelter, baby kits, hygiene kits and medical treatment. For those traumatised by their journeys and the deaths of the loved ones, the Red Cross is providing psychosocial support. And with families often becoming separated during thousands of miles long journeys, the Red Cross is helping trace and reconnect missing family members.
The Syrian Crisis Appeal supports the Red Cross/Red Crescent bringing aid to the millions of people affected by this crisis inside Syria. (The number of people in need in Syria increased from 1 million in 2012 to 13.5 million in 2016.) They also work with the millions who have fled over the Syria’s border into the wider region and now wait in refugee camps, uncertain of what their future holds.