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International Protection

Dáil Éireann Debate, Friday - 3 December 2021

Friday, 3 December 2021

Questions (46)

Neasa Hourigan


46. Deputy Neasa Hourigan asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the status of Ireland’s acceptance of refugees from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59442/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Ireland has, to date, offered over 500 Letters of Waiver in lieu of visas to enable those wishing to leave Afghanistan to exit the country. To date, 353 Afghans have arrived in Ireland. The current International Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) priority is to ensure the integration of new arrivals and to link these with accommodation and services.  It remains open to considering further admissions as resources allow.