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New reports links family separation to anxiety and depression in refugees in Ireland

Media Release, 7 March 2018 Refugees living in Ireland who were forced to leave their family members behind experience depression and anxiety, often not knowing where their loved ones are or if they are safe, said the Irish Refugee Council, Nasc and Oxfam Ireland in a report launched today. The report – “A family belongs […]

Posted on: March 7, 2018

Irish Refugee Council welcome the Ombudsman of Ireland’s first report on Direct Provision

Media Statement, 30 January 2018 With waiting times in the asylum process at crisis point, Ombudsman draws attention to unsuitability of Direct Provision for long-term stays The Irish Refugee Council welcome the Ombudsman of Ireland’s first report on Direct Provision, The Ombudsman & Direct Provision – The story so far, and his comments in the […]

Posted on: January 30, 2018

Current proposals indicate right to work threatens to be ‘an illusion’ for many

Media Release, 23 January 2018 On the 17th January the Government released information about their proposal for the right to work for people in the asylum process. The EU Reception Conditions Directive, which they plan to opt into, requires that a member state provides people seeking asylum ‘effective access’ to the labour market. From the […]

Posted on: January 23, 2018

Refugee decision making waiting times at crisis point’

Media Release, 13 December 2017 Hundreds of ‘transition’ applications waiting since beginning of 2017 At least a 20 month wait for asylum interview for new applications Nick Henderson, CEO of the Irish refugee Council stated: “One year on from the introduction of the International Protection Act 2015 the State’s ability to handle asylum applications promptly […]

Posted on: December 13, 2017

Fundamental detail and urgency missing from government announcement on the right to work for people seeking asylum

Media Statement, 21 November 2017 In response to the Government’s announcement Nick Henderson, CEO, said: “Opting in to the 2013 Reception Conditions Directive is a positive step. However, the creation of another interdepartmental group, six months after the Supreme Court decision, shows a disregard for the existing delays in the Irish asylum system. Current estimates […]

Posted on: November 22, 2017

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