The government’s signed off on a plan to accept 4,000 refugees under a new protection programme.
A special cabinet meeting has agreed to set up a new Irish Refugee Protection Programme, including special reception centres to process arrivals. The figure of 4,000 will include family resettlements, and also includes the figure of 1,100 previously agreed by the government. The scheme will cost around 12 million euro per year, for every thousand refugees housed in Ireland.
Meanwhile, Rail services between Denmark and Germany have been suspended after Danish police stopped hundreds of migrants who refused to leave their trains. It’s understood they wanted to travel on to Sweden, Norway or Finland – and didn’t want to be registered in Denmark. Under EU rules, people seeking asylum should do so in the first EU country they enter.