Local communities across Ireland have helped to create a warm and welcoming environment for people who have come to Ireland seeking our protection.
There are currently 45 accommodation centres located in 22 counties across the country and there are positive relationships between residents and local communities in all cases.
Each centre has a Friends of the Centre group. This initiative brings residents, community and voluntary groups together to increase integration opportunities and provide for the development of greater community linkages with the residents and the centre.
Integration has hugely positive effects for both centres and local communities by fostering friendships and understanding. This results in increased cultural awareness and helps build a more inclusive environment.
Government supports for local services
Once it is confirmed that an accommodation centre is opening, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth links in with the other service providers to ensure that the necessary supports are put in place.
In terms of access to healthcare, where GP lists are full, the HSE will arrange for access to GPs who have availability in the surrounding area.
Schools where international protection seeking children are enrolled can apply to the Department of Education for any additional resources required, including capitation and teaching resources.