The Republic of Ireland is to take in 4,000 refugees amid growing public outcry over the tens of thousands of people fleeing to Europe.
Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said people would be welcomed under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme.
She was speaking after an Irish cabinet meeting on Thursday.
She said a network of emergency and orientation centres would be established across Ireland.
The minister said the programme – to focus primarily on women and children – would cost 12m euros (£8.7m) a year for every 1,000 refugees.
The first people are expected to arrive in the next few weeks.