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Irish Government Plans to Cease Financial Support for Ukrainian War Refugees in State Accommodation Starting January

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that the Irish government intends to end financial support for those fleeing the war in Ukraine and residing in state accommodation by the end of January.

Under the new arrangements, individuals arriving from Ukraine seeking international protection will be guaranteed state accommodation for only 90 days. During this period, arrivals will receive a €38.80 subsistence allowance and an additional €29.80 per child per week. Taoiseach Varadkar emphasised that the government will work with arrivals and NGOs to find alternative accommodation within this 90-day period. If individuals move out of state accommodation after or before this window, they will be assessed for social welfare like any Irish citizen, including eligibility for rent allowance but not social housing or the housing assistance payment.

The move is aimed at aligning Ireland’s offerings with other western European countries and will be enacted through legislation by the end of January. Despite the change, Varadkar assured that people fleeing the war would continue to be welcome in Ireland.

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