Lack of affordable housing is key issue

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Sir, – As non-governmental organisations that provide support to refugees and asylum seekers living in Ireland and overseas, and a Senator who has led on this issue, we are profoundly disturbed by Eileen Gleeson’s statements in Jack Power’s piece (“Refugee family reunification putting ‘pressure’ on homeless system”, August 9th).

Her comments incorrectly point to people who have come to Ireland fleeing conflict and persecution and are seeking our protection. That some refugee families are homeless is not the fault of refugee families but that of Irish legislation and policy and a lack of political will to find a solution to the housing crisis. Presenting the issue as anything but a housing issue could fuel fear and discrimination against refugees.

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