Asylum seekers face heightened risks of destitution due to a shortage of reception places in Ireland. The Department of Justice has confirmed that at least 20 people were told they could not be provided with accommodation in the last two weeks.
Fair Play World Cup, held in central Dublin, draws players from refugee communities all over Ireland whose countries of origin range from Vietnam to South Sudan
By Cormac O Brien
Dublin, July 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Fadi hits a penalty shot into the back of the net, it is hard to believe that just a few years ago the Syrian teenager thought his footballing days were over when a house collapsed on him in an accident in his native Aleppo.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has called for immediate action to reduce backlogs and cut the length of time people are waiting for a decision on their protection applications.
The updated AIDA Country Report on Ireland tracks legislative, policy and practice-related developments in the area of asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention and content of international protection throughout 2017.
Irish Red Cross welcomes final migrants from Greece under EU relocation programme.
The Irish Red Cross was at Baldonnel this afternoon to welcome the final 129 migrants due to arrive in Ireland from Greece under the EU relocation programme, signifying the conclusion of Ireland’s participation in this programme. With the arrival of this special charter flight, Ireland has now received all the migrants available for relocation to Ireland from Greece.
The Ombudsman of Ireland has released the first report on the Irish Direct Provision system for those awaiting asylum decisions, highlighting the inadequacy of the living conditions where asylum seekers are left waiting for months or even years as the government struggles to cope with processing applications.
Mary O’Reilly from Baldoyle in Dublin has given Syrian refugee Wassim a room in her home under the Irish Red Cross-run Register of Pledges. Read about their experience below.
The Irish Red Cross is facilitating the placement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into medium to long term accommodation across the country and since August 2017, has placed 65 refugees into housing.
Dublin – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, this week (21/11) organized a Migrant Information Day event in collaboration with the New Communities Partnership (NCP), a migrant-led umbrella organization in Ireland.
Held at the Dublin headquarters of the Irish Human Rights Equality Commission, the event was attended by David Stanton TD, Minister of State for Justice at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration, and Integration, who spoke about the importance of providing information to migrants.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has welcomed the government’s decision to bring Ireland into line with the European Union (EU) law that regulates the provision of accommodation to asylum-seekers, and provides for the right to work where they do not receive a decision within nine months.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Ireland’s comprehensive response to refugees shows a level of commitment that is urgently needed from all countries, said Volker Türk, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, in Dublin today (Tuesday June 6).
Only 311 Syrian refugees have been taken in by Ireland, despite Government promise last year to welcome 4000.
On September 10th 2015, following the public outcry emanating from the drowning of three-year-old Syrian refugee, Alan Kurdi, the Irish Government promised 4,000 refugees would be offered safety in Ireland.
Exactly one year on, just one unaccompanied child, and a total of 311 Syrian refugees have been taken in by Ireland.
Just one unaccompanied child
Irish Red Cross has appointed an eight-person task force as part of the society’s scaling up of operations to assist victims of the migration crisis.
The task force was announced last Saturday following a meeting of the Irish Red Cross board. Irish Red Cross Chair, Pat Carey, said the composition of the task force reflects the areas of competence within the Irish Red Cross likely to be most relevant to supporting migrants that arrive in Ireland.
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at a meeting with resettled refugees from Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar and Syria, in Farmleigh, Ireland, today:
Your Excellency Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice and Equality,
Distinguished local officials and members of civil society,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
More than 30 Cork households affected by the June floods have already been assisted by the Irish Red Cross’ Cork Floods Appeal.
Following the flooding on June 28th the Irish Red Cross launched an appeal to aid those affected. Donal Forde, Secretary General of the Society, said today, “People have responded generously to the Irish Red Cross Cork Floods appeal and as of July 14th the total received was already €40,000.”