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14 Nov 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, to make 530 places available for family members of refugees.

The new humanitarian admissions programme is expected to allow family members and dependents, including those not covered under the existing provisions of the International Protection Act 2015, to rejoin their family in Ireland.

08 Nov 2017 description

31,472 Total persons relocated

21,229 Relocated from Greece (32% of 66,400)

10,243 Relocated from Italy (26% of 39,600)

07 Nov 2017 description

Galway diners were treated to a night to remember, after Syrian and foreign-born chefs living in Ireland came together to serve a five course meal in Michelin starred restaurant Loam.

Combining the distinct flavors of the Middle East with the best quality in Irish produce, the night was a sellout, with funds raised going towards supporting asylum-seekers to further their culinary skills at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT).

30 Oct 2017 description





30 Oct 2017 description





26 Oct 2017 description

The global burden of Improvised Explosive Devices

Iain Overton and Jennifer Dathan

There is no day that goes past without the impact of an improvised explosive device (IED) making headlines around the world. Of all explosive weapons used, the IED is the most widespread, the most harmful and the most pernicious. Based on the belief that to overcome a problem, we must first understand it, this monitor is a small step in seeking to address the terrible realities of today.
It is a monitor that is, also, a response to a call to action.

18 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On 5 April 2017, representatives of over 70 countries, international organisations and civil society came together in Brussels for the ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the region’ conference (Brussels conference) to build on momentum from the previous London and Kuwait conferences and mobilise funding to respond to the needs of the people affected by the Syria crisis. The EU, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United Nations (UN) co-chaired this fifth pledging conference for Syria and the region.

17 Oct 2017 description


Between 1 January and 31 July 2017, 25,556 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement to 22 countries in Europe, only 11% less than the total for 2016 and already 130% more than the average rate of 11,100 submissions per year during the last decade.

11 Oct 2017 description
report Trócaire

Éamonn Meehan

Trócaire has welcomed today’s Budget 2018 announcement to increase overseas Official Development Assistance (ODA). However, Ireland is still way off track to achieving its international commitment.

Trócaire welcomes today’s Budget 2018 announcement to increase ODA by €13m in spending.

Speaking recently at the launch of the Irish Aid annual report, Minister Simon Coveney highlighted the importance of having a clear roadmap to achieve Ireland’s long standing commitment to provide 0.7pc of GNI* by 2025.

30 Sep 2017 description

29,401 Total persons relocated
20,323 Relocated from Greece (30% of 66,400)
** 9,078** Relocated from Italy (23% of 39,600)

26 Sep 2017 description
report Irish Aid

A devastating mudslide – triggered by three days of heavy monsoon rains – caused widespread damage and loss of life in Freetown, Sierra Leone on the 14th of August. Homes were engulfed after heavy rains caused part of the Sugar Loaf Mountain to collapse. Some 500 people lost their lives in the disaster and thousands have lost their homes, many of whom are being sheltered in temporary sites.

21 Sep 2017 description


Compilation of available statistical data indicates that the arrivals to Europe through the Mediterranean in the first eight months of 2017 is lower when compared to the same period in 2016. As of 31 August 2017, national authorities in Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Spain registered 131,167 newly arrived migrants mostly from the Middle East, Africa, South and Central Asia which is in a sharp contrast to 297,255 recorded during the same period in 2016 (56% decrease).

20 Sep 2017 description

"Integration happens faster and better when a community is involved"

By Ruairi Casey

NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain and Argentina are among a growing number of countries allowing ordinary citizens to pay for refugee care, lodging and other assistance, as global resettlement needs outstrip places available 13-fold, a Canadian-led initiative said.

15 Sep 2017 description

The UN Refugee Agency has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, that Ireland will accept an additional 330 refugees in 2018.

14 Sep 2017 description

Young refugees and Irish teens have spent a week together at sea, learning to sail a 70-foot schooner.

By Jody Clarke in Baltimore, Ireland

On command, a group of teenagers strides forward and grasps the ropes of the main mast on the 70-foot schooner Spirit of Oysterhaven.

“Okay, let’s hustle,” shouts Shauna Gillan, first mate and second-in-command. “Omran, Hamza, you’re going to hoist the sail,” she orders, standing steady on the rocking deck.