It's expected about 100,000 refugees could arrive into Ireland during the conflict.
The midlands is opening its doors to families being displaced by the war in Eastern Europe.
Early estimations indicate between 80,000 and 100,000 refugees could arrive into Ireland during the conflict.
Among those is the family of a Ukrainian couple who made Laois their home in recent years.
The mum and her three children, who arrived into Shannon last night, are now resting in Portlaoise.
Portlaoise's Monsignor John Byrne says they are stressed and worried about the family they've behind.
He's been speaking with Will Faulkner on Midlands Today and says the local community is going to support everyone they can:
They are among 1,800 Ukrainian refugees who have arrived into Ireland.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin says everything will be done to make sure people fleeing the war get proper accommodation, healthcare, education and other services.
It's estimated more than 1.7 million people have so far fled the war torn country, with Micheál Martin expecting many more arrivals:
A meeting is being held in Portarlington this evening to reach out to the Ukrainian diaspora living in the midlands.
The Port Homes & Support for Ukraine is gathering in the Portarlington Rugby Club from 8pm.
Anyone who wishes to attend can contact: 0876715668.