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Right to work for asylum seekers must be accessible and effective

MEDIA STATEMENT, 4th October 2017 Nick Henderson, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council, responded to the statement today by Minister Charlie Flanagan in the Seanad: “Minister Flanagan’s statement that people in the asylum process will be given the right to work is positive. However, any other response would be contrary to the Supreme Court’s decision […]

Posted on: October 4, 2017

Leading Businessman says Ireland must do more to integrate asylum seekers and Irish business will help them integrate into the workforce

Press release, Thursday 21st September At today’s conference – ‘Asylum Seekers Right to Work: Implementing the Supreme Court ruling’ – one of Ireland’s top businessmen and ICT leaders said that Ireland must do more to integrate asylum seekers into society and Irish businesses will play their part by encouraging them to integrate into the workforce. […]

Posted on: September 21, 2017

Refugee & Migrant Coalition welcomes Irish government’s commitment to new Community Sponsorship Refugee Programme

Media Release, 19 September 2017 New Sponsorship Programme will enable communities across Ireland to directly assist with Ireland’s refugee response Civil society organisations working on refuge and migration issues in Ireland welcomed the announcement that Ireland has committed to the development of a Community Sponsorship Programme for Refugees. The announcement was made yesterday at the […]

Posted on: September 19, 2017

UN Committee reviews Ireland’s treatment of torture survivors and vulnerable people in the asylum process

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE, 11 August 2017     Today, the UN Committee against Torture issued recommendations on how Ireland can respect its obligations under the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT). Among issues raised in relation to Ireland’s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, the Committee specifically […]

Posted on: August 11, 2017

Right to work for people in asylum process should be granted at six months and not be restrictive, says Irish Refugee Council

MEDIA STATEMENT, 3RD July 2017 IRC POLICY PAPER: THE RIGHT TO WORK FOR INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION APPLICANTS The Irish Refugee Council today released a policy paper to inform the Government’s response to the Supreme Court decision which found that the indefinite prohibition on the right to work for people in the asylum system is unconstitutional. Nick […]

Posted on: July 3, 2017

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