If you own a home in Ireland, – be it your primary residence, a second/holiday type dwelling, or any ‘spare property’- if there is an empty bedroom, you are expected to pledge that room to an asylum seeker for periods up to year.
The Irish Refugee Protection Programme expects you to ‘put that space to better use’, according to the Irish Red Cross.
“Pledging a vacant property or spare room will play a significant and valuable role in helping Syrian refugees rebuild their lives and settle in Irish communities,” the program’s description reads.
Established by Dublin nurse Elizabeth O’Herrin in 1939 to provide humanitarian aid, the Irish Red Cross is administering this program as part of Ireland’s effort to resettle approximately 4,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece.
In this newest national campaign to house migrants, the charity explains that any asylum seeker or refugee (there is a difference) who is homed through the program will also be provided with education, healthcare, employment support, and a caseworker.
Each adult receives €21.60 per week, as does each child in a family. (€ 21.60 is approximately $25.48 USD.)
In their 2015 campaign, hundreds of Irish people pledged free rooms and vacant homes in response to the over one million refugees landing on Europe’s doorstep. Less than 90 responses resulted in actual accommodations for migrants; many people who pledged actually withdrew their offers when contacted by the Irish Red Cross.
Of the 492 pledges received in 2015, almost half were immediately withdrawn; others were deemed ‘too rural’, failed the assessment or became ‘temporarily unavailable’ due to ‘changed circumstances’. Still, other offers failed because the person pledging did not want to take in a single male refugee; almost all singles waiting to be placed in Irish homes are single males.
While Irish Red Cross Migration Program Manager Eve Leonard admits that this program to date has had a low accommodation return, she is quick to add, “In terms of integration, this is a really good model for refugees to engage with Irish people and for Irish people to engage with refugees.”
To cite a success in the program, both the Irish Red Cross and most mainstream media outlets celebrate one Mary O’Reilly of Baldoyle in Dublin. Images of the beaming Ms O’Reilly, – Lolly, her Tibetan terrier in her arms – grace a number of websites. Beside her stands 26-year-old-Syrian refugee Wassim. They met briefly in July 2017, and he moved into her home the following week.
“What else did I need to know?” Mary asks. “I knew he’d been vetted and was already in Ireland more than a year when he moved into this house. I wasn’t nervous at all.” Wassim takes English lessons during the day and works in an Arabic restaurant in Temple Bar at night.
“I had taken redundancy from working to look after my mother, but she passed four years ago,” Mary explains. “I’m here all the time which means I can help him…”
Wassim’s parents and younger siblings arrived in Ireland in November; they reside in Tullamore and he visits them each weekend.
Not everyone in Ireland is as enthusiastic as Mary O’Reilly.
The small town of Lisdoonvarna was informed their community of 300 would see a hotel in town turned into a new migrant center that would increase the town population by a third.
“We don’t know where these people are going to be from. They won’t tell us what countries they’re from, what religion they’re from,” said resident Michael Walsh.
“Ireland is under the impression that these people will all become Irish, pretty much overnight and everything will continue to be terrific. But, in fact, history shows us, in Sweden, France and Germany – this is not necessarily the case.”
93 percent of the residents in the tiny town voted against the huge influx, concerned about the strain on their resources. The hotelier, who originally said he would not sign a contract for the center if the residents were against it, did sign the contract. Walsh speculates the hotelier will make one or two million Euros per year from the government.
“Very many people are concerned, but they’re also concerned about being called racist” Walsh explained “…the town is in a real pickle right now.”
These forced migration programs come as the Irish government pays journalists to report positively about the massive Project Ireland 2040 plan: the nation intends to boost their 4.7 million population by another million via mass migration.
~ Conservative Zone