Irish refugee resettlement team arrive in Jordan

[07-11-2021 12:44 PM]

Ammon News - A team from Ireland's Refugee Protection Programme has arrived in Jordan today to interview up to 300 refugees from Syria, who are expected to come to Ireland by the end of this year, rte reported.

"The team will interview 300 people comprising family groups with a view to offering refugee status and resettlement in Ireland," said a spokesperson for the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth.

The families were selected by the UNHCR "on the basis of vulnerability criteria" and they will also be interviewed by members of the gardaí before they are given clearance to travel to Ireland, according to rte.

Members of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme, headed by former Lord Mayor of Dublin Eibhlin Byrne team will discuss what life is like in Ireland and "cultural norms" with the refugees, whilst gardaí will conduct security interviews.

It's part of Ireland's pledge to welcome 2,900 refugees between 2020 and the end of 2023.

Roderic O'Gorman, the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth, is also expected to travel to Jordan during the process, which will take around two weeks.

A similar mission to Beirut in Lebanon was held in September.

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