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Government will look again this week at the provision of hotel meals to Ukrainian refugees




The government will review the provision of meals to Ukrainian refugees in hotels as part of an effort to encourage people to accept offers of alternative accommodation when it becomes available.

Currently, some, but not all, of those fleeing the war are fed in hotels.

Currently, the Ministry of Integration has contracted 25% of the country’s hotel beds. But the government will consider how to encourage people to move to more permanent housing if more housing deals are promised.

It is part of a broader policy to help Ukrainian refugees leave temporary shelters as the war continues from the end of October.

In addition, the government will consider the financial burden of host families facing much higher bills than initially anticipated due to inflation.

The issue of refugee accommodation will be discussed at a cabinet subcommittee meeting on Monday.

The state is close to signing a contract for a new accommodation center as the existing center at the Citywest Convention Center on the outskirts of Dublin has reached capacity.

The meeting will seek to provide funding to local authorities to facilitate the rehabilitation of 4,000 empty buildings.

It will also look at the current influx of people seeking international protection from countries outside the European Economic Area.

The ministers will also discuss the provision of prefabricated buildings at the Mullingar barracks instead of tents.

They will be briefed on the government’s plans to provide modular homes at six sites across the country.

Last week, 1,700 people came to Ireland looking for housing from the state.

Some 1,400 were from Ukraine and 300 were seeking international protection.

There has been a significant increase in those in Ukraine as Russia has intensified its bombardment in the west of the country.

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