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Secret note warns EU of risks posed by influx of refugees from Ukraine – media – Reuters

The arrival of newcomers to the country poses a risk to “social cohesion and integration”, the secret memo reportedly said.

The arrival of tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees in Ireland threatens to undermine “Social cohesion and integration” in the country, a secret cabinet note to the government is said to have predicted.

According to an article published by the Irish Independent on Saturday, the country’s ministers have been told that the current level of Ireland’s humanitarian response to the conflict in Ukraine could become unsustainable in the coming weeks. The memo reportedly pointed out that there was a risk that newcomers would find themselves without housing, education, income support or employment in Ireland.

The situation in “disadvantaged communities” where the arrival of Ukrainian refugees could undermine “social cohesion and integration”.

The newspaper describes the memo as the “first evidence of concerns at the highest levels of government about the impact of this crisis on communities across the country”, who have recently faced a massive influx of new arrivals.

Secret note warns EU of risks posed by influx of refugees from Ukraine – media – Reuters

Among the areas likely to be hardest hit, according to the Independent citing the memo, are Ireland’s public services, as well as the transport, travel and tourism industry. The effort to support refugees can have an impact on the “wider population” according to the note, including “the unsustainability of this very model of humanitarian response, additional budgetary pressures and increased demand for public services” – some of whom have already “unmet demand”.

Up to 5,000 people could be left homeless in the near future, assuming around 250 refugees arrive on the Emerald Isle daily. Wait times for housing are also expected to increase.

A total of more than 30,000 people have arrived in Ireland from Ukraine since Russia launched its large-scale military operation against Ukraine in late February. More than 21,000 of them are seeking housing from the state, according to the report. At the same time, less than 2,000 of the refugees arriving in Ireland are in active employment.

More than 6.4 million people have fled Ukraine since the fighting began, according to UN data. The vast majority of them, almost 3.5 million, went to neighboring Poland. Romania and Russia have become two other major destinations for Ukrainian refugees, with around 900,000 people entering each country.

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