Vision and Mission

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) is Ireland’s only national non-governmental organisation which specialises in working with and for refugees in Ireland.

The main focus of our work is with people in the asylum system who are applying to be recognised as refugees.  For almost 20 years, we have observed the changes that have been made in response to the arrival of refugees in Ireland.  Based on extensive experience working directly with those affected, we have seen the huge financial cost of a failed system and the untold damage that has and is being done to men, women and children in the asylum process.

The IRC is committed to promoting an asylum system that will be beneficial for refugees, the decision-maker, and the tax payer.

Our Vision

‘A just, fair and inclusive Irish society for people seeking protection’

The Irish Refugee Council believes, in accordance with the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees, that every person has the right to claim asylum and to have their application considered in a fair and transparent manner.

Our Mission

‘To promote and enhance the lives of refugees in Ireland’

The IRC’s priorities are delivering high quality support and advice to people in the asylum process; supporting and protecting children and young people; public and political awareness raising; and capacity building among key players in the asylum system in order to bring about change to practice and policy.