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11 refugee families will arrive in Kerry in November to be resettled in Tralee and Killarney.

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The 45 people mark the first phase of Ireland’s response to the migrant crisis in Europe; Kerry is one of six counties selected to house refugees. In June arrangements were made for the resettlement of 11 refugee families in Kerry. The second phase will see up to 70 families resettled in Kerry in early 2016 but this could change following the outcome of today’s meeting of EU Justice Ministers. Director of Services with Kerry County Council John Breen they are still looking for accommodation for the refugees:

John Breen says the refugee programme is being funded nationally the local authority is tasked at finding the accommodation.

Mr Breen says this will not affect the existing housing services from Kerry County Council: