Launch of information pack by young people for young people seeking asylum in Ireland

Posted On: December 6, 2013

Media Release:

Friday, 6 December 2013

Launch of information pack by young people for young people seeking asylum in Ireland

Young people, with support from the Irish Refugee Council and Emer Costello MEP, today launch their multimedia guide ‘Seeking Asylum in Ireland – A Guide for Children’ which provides insight to the asylum process for young people in Ireland.  The guide includes a multimedia video and a booklet for all users to explore and engage with the asylum process from a young person’s perspective. The guide is the result of a year’s work by the young group.

Samantha Arnold, Children’s and Young Persons’ Officer with the Irish Refugee Council and coordinator of the project, says “In order to produce this project, the young people underwent extensive training on Irish, international and European asylum law at two summer camps held at Dublin City University which were facilitated by the young people themselves. Here they heard speakers from the legal field and lecturers and researchers working in the area.”

Ms Arnold went on to say “The overall purpose of this camp was to work towards packaging information about the asylum process in an accessible and child-friendly way.”

Luke McDermott from the Irish Refugee Council Youth said that “The video features a step-by-step introduction to the different stages of seeking asylum, for example, arrival in Ireland and the interview process. The overall objective of this project is to make the application process less scary by letting children know what to expect.”

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