The arrival of tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees in Ireland risks undermining “social cohesion and integration” in the country, a secret cabinet memo to the government has reportedly predicted.
According to an article published by the Irish Independent on Saturday, the country’s ministers were told that the current level of Ireland’s humanitarian response to the conflict in Ukraine could become unsustainable in the coming weeks. The memo reportedly stressed that there was a risk that the newcomers would be left without accommodation, education, income support or employment in Ireland.
Particularly dangerous was the situation in “deprived communities” where the arrival of Ukrainian refugees could undermine “social cohesion and integration.”
The paper described the memo as the “first evidence of concerns at the highest levels of government about the impact of this crisis on communities across the country,” which have recently faced a massive influx of newcomers.