Ireland lifts ban on eviction of Ukrainian refugees
Ukrainians during the St. Patrick's Day parade in the Irish city of Cork (Photo:Together-Razem Centre via Facebook)
The government of Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has lifted a wintertime ban on the eviction of Ukrainian refugees, effective from April 1.
Ireland is experiencing a housing shortage, where there is a need for up to 250,000 more spaces.
"We have now accepted 58,000 Ukrainians, and another 20,000 have been granted international protection. There is a big problem with housing," said Irish Immigration Minister Roderick O'Gorman.
The island state's most popular party and opposition group Sinn Féin claims that 10,000 people may be forcibly evicted this year. Its representatives call on the government to "show some compassion" and wants the deportation ban prolonged.
In October 2022, Ireland introduced a ban on evictions due to the rising cost of living.
Officials considered it a temporary measure, but now claim that lifting the eviction ban will protect the rights of homeowners, many of whom are considering selling their property due to rent arrears.
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