Image: Ireland's response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Ireland's response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

People fleeing the war in Ukraine who choose to come to Ireland can request to be accommodated by the State upon arrival. However, there is unfortunately a shortage of accommodation at the moment. There are already up to 105,422 Ukrainian arrivals in Ireland, in addition to a significant increase in the number of International Protection arrivals.

Anyone considering coming to Ireland is advised that, at this time, it is not possible to guarantee immediate accommodation and they are asked to take this into consideration if travelling to Ireland.

The Irish Government is working urgently to bring new accommodation on board as quickly as possible. Further updates will be provided.

Appeal for unoccupied properties

Local Authorities have launched a new initiative appealing to those who have unoccupied properties to offer them as temporary homes for those fleeing war in Ukraine.

Under the new initiative, Local Authorities will take offers of houses, apartments or holiday homes for temporary accommodation, liaise with owners to assess suitability, and arrange for their use by people and families from Ukraine.

Information and details on how you can offer a home.

Below you will find:

  • information for people arriving from Ukraine;
  • information for the general public; and
  • information for businesses

Contact information

Ukraine Crisis Temporary Accommodation Team Policies

Pets policy

From 9 November 2022, the Irish Government will not be able to provide accommodation which caters to pets.

Under the Temporary Protection Directive the Irish State provides emergency accommodation to people fleeing the war in Ukraine who seek it. At present, the provision of State funded accommodation is extremely challenging and there will be times when accommodation is not immediately available.

Sourcing accommodation which caters for pets in this context is very difficult. Furthermore placing pets in state funded accommodation creates risks to fellow residents, service providers and the animals themselves.

If you wish to avail of state funded accommodation, you will need to make your own arrangements for your pet at your own cost.


Ireland is resolute in our solidarity and support for Ukraine and we are honouring our commitment to help people who have been displaced by this horrendous war.

We are working with our European and international partners to help the Ukrainian people.

Ireland has never seen so many people arrive in such a short time frame. Already thousands are receiving assistance.

Government, civil and public servants, as well as volunteers across the country, are working hard to manage this humanitarian crisis by providing the necessary supports for those who are seeking shelter and other services.

State services are being deployed to respond, but we will also continue to need the public’s help and support.

If you can, volunteer your time or skills at community level through your local Community Response Forum or by registering with Volunteer Ireland.

The war in Ukraine is causing ongoing challenges such as rising energy prices, scarcity of energy supply and supply chain issues.

All of this will place more pressure on existing services and this will have implications for everyone.

Over generations, Irish people have sought shelter and opportunities abroad.

Throughout history, Ireland has also had a long tradition of supporting other nations in times of trouble.

It is the right thing to do.

Thank you for all you are already doing to support the people of Ukraine.