The Reception and Housing of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Ireland

Submission to the Housing and Homelessness Committee, May 16 Introduction Being a refugee is the most extreme form of loss of home and displacement.  The definition of a refugee, taken from the UN Convention on Refugees 1951, contains reference to someone who is outside their country of nationality or former habitual residence.  In addition to […]

Posted on: May 23, 2016

People to people: from Ireland to Leros, Greece

In September 2015, several thousand people, mostly Syrian, were trapped outside Budapest station in Hungary prevented from taking trains to continue their journeys onwards to places of real safety.  Irish people wanted to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis and so the Irish Refugee Council set up a ‘Budapest fund’, with a guarantee that all […]

Posted on: May 27, 2016

Casework Internship with Irish Refugee Council’s Information and Referral Drop-In Service

Background The IRC’s Information and Referral Service operates a confidential Drop-In Centre in conjunction with Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, three times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as an outreach service to locations around the country where asylum seekers live. The Information and Referral Service provides help or guidance to asylum seekers […]

Posted on: May 23, 2016

People to People: citizens go where governments fear to tread

A report on donations from the people of Ireland to refugees on the move in Europe In September 2015, several thousand people, mostly Syrian, were trapped outside Budapest station in Hungary prevented from taking trains to continue their journeys onwards to places of real safety.  Irish people wanted to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis […]

Posted on: May 19, 2016