Minister for State: Ireland likely to take more refugees

The Minister for State Aodhan O’Riordan with responsibility for New Communities has said it is likely Ireland will take in more refugees from Syria, as conflict in the war-torn country continues.

The first of the 4,000 asylum seekers due to take refuge here will arrive next month.

However, Minister Aodhan O’Riordan thinks this number will eventually be exceeded.

“Well I don’t think we are anywhere near the peak of this crisis, 4,000 is three times what was originally expected of us to take, that number will grow when family reunification is taken into consideration.

“This is not an issue that is going to go away any time soon,” Mr O’Riordan said.

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