Up to 30 migrant families are to be resettled in County Donegal by the end of next year under the refugee resettlement programme.
Donegal County Council confirmed in a statement today that the first of these families will be housed by late May of this year.
The refugee resettlement programme is designed to offer protection to persons who have fled their country of origin and sought protection in another country.
Following engagement between the office for the promotion of migrant integration and Donegal County Council it’s expected that 30 families will be housed in the county by the end of 2018.
The first group of 12 families are expected to arrive in Donegal this May and will be housed in Buncrana and Carndonagh in the north of the county.
A local Resettlement Inter-Agency Steering Group, comprised of representatives from relevant public service providers will oversee the local resettlement and integration programme within the county.
The focus of the Steering Group will be to develop a co-ordinated and efficient programme to make the transition and integration as easy as possible.
It is not yet clear when the second group of families will be arriving in the county.
The council says a decision on where they will be resettled will be considered by the steering group as details of the circumstances and needs of the group become available.