A Group of Volunteers Raise Funds to Try Resettle Refugees in Dublin 8 – Dublin Inquirer

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In Dublin 8, a group of volunteers called Dublin 8 Refugee Community Sponsorship (D8RCS) are at the start of a long and complicated process — arranging to bring a Syrian family over from a Lebanese refugee camp to live in their neighbourhood.

They’re participating in a scheme known as Community Sponsorship Programme Ireland, a government initiative which helps refugee families find a new life in an Irish community.

Rebbecca Keatinge is a founding member of the group, and a solicitor working with asylum seekers and refugees. Through her work she has become familiar with the challenges that migrants face when coming through government schemes.

“This is a different way of supporting refugees,” says Keatinge.

So far, the group has raised over €5,500 of their €10,000 target, which will go towards paying rent, bills and other living expenses for the family when they arrive. Some volunteers

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