First family to arrive this month as 'just 20 refugees apply to come to Ireland'

It has been reported that just 20 people have applied to come to Ireland as asylum seekers, under a scheme to relocate people from Syria and Iraq.

The Government has agreed to take in 2,600 people - through European Union efforts to give 160,000 people from war-torn countries homes.

The Irish times reports the first Syrian family to arrive in Ireland will come from Greece by the end of this month.

It is understood the Department of Justice has acknowledged that the uptake is very low.

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