An average of 1,000 Ukrainian refugees are arriving in Ireland every week, according to the latest CSO data.

As of the week ending 7 August, 47,962 Personal Public Service Numbers (PPSNs) had been issued to citizens from Ukraine under the Temporary Protection Directive.

This is an increase of just under 3,300 in three weeks, indicating that an average 1,000 people a week are coming to Ireland after fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Women aged 20 and over account for 47% of arrivals to date, while children and teenagers aged 0-19 (both male and female) account for 36%.

The highest percentage of those arriving (38%) were categorised as 'One parent with children' under the broad relationship classification headings used.

Speaking at Knock, Co Mayo yesterday, Ukraine's Ambassador to Ireland Larysa Gerasko said Irish people had extended the hand of friendship to her fellow Ukrainians and they felt safe here.

"We are strong people and we hope to win this war and have peace in our country. But Ukrainian women want to work here and give something back to local communities."


The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, which has responsibliity for housing the new arrivals, has confirmed today that 31,547 Ukrainian people have been accommodated in "serviced accommodation".

As of yesterday, 26,100 beds were being provided in hotels, hostels, commercial self catering accommodation and other emergency or repurposed settings.

The department has further contracts for 5,700 beds in student accommodation.

2,221 Ukrainian people are due to leave this student accommodation by the end of August.

A further 1,250 people are scheduled to leave this type of setting by mid-September.

As of yesterday, 3,500 Ukrainian people have been housed in 1,269 properties made available by pledges from members of the public. There are 1,095 Ukrainians living in 579 private accommodations where the host is in receipt of 'Accommodation Recognition Payment' for hosting people from Ukraine.

Tented accommodation at the Gormanston Army base in Co Meath is still being used to temporarily house new arrivals. The facility has the capacity to house 320 people.

Last night, 70 people stayed there and numbers there are expected to increase in the coming days.

To date, the maximum stay at Gormanston has been three nights, but this duration is expected to increase from this week.

The transit hub at Citywest is also still in use, and approximately 100 Ukrainian people stayed there last night.

The department said it is continuing discussions with sporting bodies about making other buildings and facilities available, however it said it is not in a position to confirm the number of accommodation centres which may be used.

Earlier this month, the Irish Red Cross said thousands of people who have pledged to house refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine are still waiting for Garda vetting.

Karola Graupner, CSO Statistician, said: "Based on the local post office address through which refugees were seeking assistance from the Department of Social Protection, north inner city Dublin had the highest number of associated arrivals from Ukraine at 1,542.

"Our analysis also shows that the rate per 100 of the population ranges across all Local Electoral Areas in the country from 0.04% to 7.19%. The LEA with the highest rate is Ennistymon in Clare."

A total of 6,890 children from Ukraine have enrolled in schools in the academic year 2021/22, with 71% of these in primary schools and the remaining 29% in secondary schools.

Dublin has the most number of pupils enrolled in schools at 1,205 while Monaghan has the lowest at 23.

Over two thirds (67%) of Ukrainians who attended employment support events with Intreo Public Employment Services said English language proficiency was a challenge in securing employment.

Of the 15,627 arrivals who attended an Intreo event, 11,251 had recorded previous occupations with "Professionals" being the largest group at 33%.

Of the 11,999 persons where the highest level of education was recorded, 68% had achieved an NFQ level equivalent to 7 or higher.

Additional reporting Laura Hogan