Wednesday, 6 October 2021
Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
Refugee Legal Services
87. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth his plans to expand the Irish Refugee Protection Programme in order to accept an increased number of refugees from Afghanistan; the engagement he has had with the Department of Foreign Affairs in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48562/21]
I wish to confirm to the Deputy that the recent arrivals of refugees from Afghanistan have been managed by the Irish Refugee Protection Programme in my Department from within existing resources.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has supported the Programme through a number of its embassies which are providing assistance in liaising with relevant authorities on transit arrangements