SOLIDARITY WITH REFUGEES
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Updated 19th August 2016
The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) has been receiving calls, emails and messages on social media from people asking how to help in this current humanitarian crisis and show solidarity with refugees seeking protection.
We welcome such support and suggest people take a look at the options below and support actions here and in other EU countries as best you can. Some of these are organised by other organisations, nevertheless, the IRC would encourage you to do what suits you best to reach out the people who need your help now.
Provide humanitarian support to refugees in camps and transit zones across Europe
The IRC is raising much needed funds to provide humanitarian supplies to address the needs of refugees stuck in different locations across Europe. Our most recent appeal was for Greece but the need is still great in other European countries. Supporting groups working on the ground is one way we can not only help refugees but show solidarity with the people working to assist them. Financial donations enable us to respond rapidly to address where the needs are greatest. The situation is changing rapidly on the ground but it is a vital that immediate basic needs continue to be met.
People to People: Ireland in Solidarity with Greece Appeal
(Click on image to donate to this appeal)
Sign a petition
Uplift.ie have a petition calling on the Minister for Justice to do more to offer a safe place in Ireland for unaccompanied children. “We know from experience that the government won’t do anything unless they know it’s what the public want.
Support young refugees in Calais
Help to provide necessary humanitarian supplies and education materials for the young people currently in the Jungle camp. Donate here.
Support the education of young asylum seekers & refugees in Ireland
There are people who are Ireland now who would value support. A commitment of a small monthly donation can have a big impact in the life of a young person and their ability to access further education. Email Education@irishrefugeecouncil.ie to find out more about sponsoring a young persons education and about how your donation can help.
Contact your political representatives
Write, phone or visit your TDs to tell them that you want Ireland to do more and ask them to pass your concern and demands on to the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald.
Work with your community
Explore options for refugees being resettled in your community and regenerate your community at the same time.
There are asylum seekers and refugees already in Ireland that would also value your support. Here are some ways to get involved:
Support the call to End Direct Provision
Use your voice to #ENDDP and make institutionalised living in Ireland a thing of the past.
Become a member or supporter of the IRC
Visit our website www.irishrefugeecouncil.ie if you would like to join our supporters mailing list or to become a member of the IRC. If you would like to support the free services we offer for refugees and asylum seekers already in Ireland you can donate here. To find out more about the work we do in Ireland work click here.
If you are able to offer other forms of practical support, please contact the IRC email@example.com with ideas, offers, suggestions and we will respond as soon as we can.
More ideas and initiatives to come – so keep tuned in to our Facebook page, Twitter and website. And please share your experiences or initiatives by using the hashtag ‘#RefugeesIrl’ or tag us @IrishRefugeeCo