Two hundred refugees from the Yugoslav crisis are expected to arrive in Ireland.

As Europe is in the grips of the worst refugee crisis since World War II, two million people have already been made homeless by the war in Yugoslavia.

Two hundred of these refugees will come to Ireland for at least temporary refuge.

The search is now on for a suitable venue to house the refugees. Michael Stone, Chief Executive of the Refugee Agency, says that a building such as a boarding school or a convent might be suitable.

The last arrival of refugees in Ireland was in 1979 when 200 Vietnamese boat people were accommodated here, initially at Blanchardstown hospital. The number of Vietnamese refugees has since grown to 400 with 100 Vietnamese children born in Ireland.

At the moment, it is not expected that people from Yugoslavia will settle here permanently. The Irish public have already reacted generously to the prospect of the arrival of those impacted by the crisis. Michael Stone says that the Refugee Agency has already received offers of money which will be passed on to the Irish Red Cross Society. People have also offered their homes to accommodate the refugees.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 31 July 1992. The reporter is Kathleen O'Meara.