Minister for Integration, Roderic O’Gorman, has claimed that the number of people travelling from Ukraine to Ireland has dropped significantly since state allowances were slashed.
O’Gorman states that he believes this trend will continue when social welfare payments are cut from €220 weekly to €38.80. There will also be a 90-day limit on how long refugees could be housed by the state.
According to O’Gorman, these changes have already impacted the number of people seeking temporary refuge.
The government have also announced a clamp-down on those entering Ireland for financial reasons as opposed to fleeing war and persecution. According to the government, about 60% of asylum applicants do not meet international protection criteria.
The asylum application processing system has been heavily criticised for its failure to spot those entering the country who do not meet the correct cirteria for international protection.
Minister O’Gorman will also put forward a proposal for new provisions to reduce the use of private accommodation for International Protection Accommodation Services (IPAS).
O’Gorman also highlighted the importance of allowing the Gardaí to investigate the recent arson attacks on buildings that were rumoured to be earmarked as housing for refugees.
A Prime Time investigation has revealed that, since 2018, there have been 23 arson attacks in Ireland that were rumoured to be related to anti-immigration sentiment.
Just last week, a house in Leixlip, Co. Kildare, was set ablaze following rumours that it would be used to house reufgees.