State to pay €1.5m to EU as it can’t provide accommodation for additional asylum seekers

The Government is set to make a financial contribution of €1.5m to the European Union.

It’s because the State can’t provide accommodation to an additional 350 asylum seekers.

Ministers at a Cabinet meeting later this morning are set to approve this contribution.

The joint memo is from Justice Minister Helen McEntee and Integration Minister Roderic O’Gorman.

It follows on from the State failing to meet its commitments under an EU Voluntary Solidarity Mechanism.

Part of that mechanism was an agreement that an additional 350 International Protection applicants could relocate here.

The scheme requires member states to accommodate refugees or pay a financial contribution if they can’t.

Because of pressures on accommodation from the over 80,000 refugees and asylum seekers already here, the Government is going to offer to pay €1.5 instead


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