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Nearly 1,500 Ukrainians now living in Mayo


Oisín McGovern

REFUGEES from Ukraine now make up over 1 percent of the entire population of Mayo, according to newly released statistics.
The CSO’s latest report on the number of Ukrainian refugees in Ireland has revealed that there are now 1,485 refugees living in Mayo as of August 7. This figure is an increase on the previous recorded total of 1,244.
According to the provisional results of the 2022 Census the total population of Mayo was 137,231. This means that Ukrainian refugees make up at least 1.08 percent of the county’s entire population.
According to statistics seen by The Mayo News, over half of all refugees are being housed in hotels, self-catering accommodation and guesthouses.
Approximately 694 refugees are living in hotels while 108 are being housed in self-catering accommodation.
A further 220 are being housed in guesthouses while 126 are living in properties pledged by members of the public.
Twenty people are staying in rest centres with a further 317 living in hostels, holiday villages and private accommodation.
While the true figure is likely to be higher than the official figure, the latest statistics indicate an increase in the number of refugees across all six electoral districts in Mayo.
Castlebar still has the highest number of refugees, increasing from 545 in July to 686 as of August 7. Swinford recorded the lowest figure in the county, increasing to 33 from 27 the previous month.
The number of refugees living in Belmullet increased from 91 to 93 while Ballina increased from 136 to 188.
The Westport municipal district also recorded a slight increase from 268 to 285 while Claremorris went up from 157 to 200.
Based on preliminary census results, 2.18 percent of the population of Castlebar municipal district is now made up of refugees from Ukraine. In Westport, Ukrainian refugees comprise 1.44 percent of the total population.
The CSO figures also revealed that there were 175 children from Ukraine enrolled in primary schools in Mayo and 59 enrolled in secondary schools. This figure that is likely to increase next month when schools return from the summer holidays.
The statistics were calculated based on the Personal Public Service (PPS) Numbers allocated to individuals who resided in Ukraine before February 24 this year.
The state has issued a total of 47,962 PPS Numbers to Ukrainian refugees since the country was invaded by Russia in February.
Women over 20 made up 47 percent of the arrivals to date while individuals aged 0-19 accounted for 36 percent of the arrivals.

Fact box
A breakdown of where refugees from Ukraine are living in Mayo by electoral district as of August 7
(Source: Central Statistics Office)

Castlebar     686
Claremorris  285
Westport      200
Ballina         188
Belmullet     93
Swinford     33

Total:  1,485