Refugee family reunification putting ‘pressure’ on homeless system

Asylum-seekers losing their accommodation after bringing relatives into Ireland, official says

Jacquline Bessong's husband was murdered in Cameroon and her son died tragically shortly after she arrived in Ireland, she's now calling on the government for better care for her 80-year-old mother.

A scheme where refugees can bring relatives to live in Ireland is putting pressure on homeless services, and pushing refugee families into emergency accommodation, the director of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) has said.

Asylum seekers with permission to remain in Ireland are becoming homeless as an “unintended consequence” of bringing relatives into the country under a humanitarian reunification scheme, according to Eileen Gleeson, head of the DRHE.

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