Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (304)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

304. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons brought here under the EU relocation and the UNHCR-led refugee resettlement programmes who are living in emergency reception and orientation centres; the length of time they have been living in same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44471/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Refugee and asylum seekers arriving in Ireland under the resettlement and relocation strands of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) are initially accommodated in Emergency Reception and Accommodation Centres (EROCs).

Two EROCs are currently in operation:

- The Abbeyfield Hotel, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon

- The Clonea Strand Hotel, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

In addition, there are dedicated EROC places within the Mosney Accommodation Centre, due to its particular suitability for families. The table below sets out the current numbers and the average length of stay for each of the centres as of 4 November 2019.

EROC

CURRENT OCCUPANCY

AVG. LENGTH OF STAY

Abbeyfield Hotel EROC Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon

203

174 days

Clonea Strand Hotel EROC Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

114

175 days

Mosney EROC Julianstown, Co. Meath

67

322 days

TOTAL

384

Of the 2,440 people who have arrived to date under the resettlement and relocation strands of the IRPP, more than 86% have been resettled in communities across Ireland.