Budget 2016 and Ireland’s response to the Refugee Crisis
Posted On: October 14, 2015
MEDIA RELEASE, 14 October 2015
The government’s allocation of funds in Budget 2016 to increase the provision of support services for refugees is a positive humanitarian response to the current refugee crisis. However, support needs to be across the board and encompass all people in need of international protection, whether they come through an organised programme or on their own.
Caroline Reid, Communications Officer with the Irish Refugee Council said,
She went on to say,
Support should also extend to specialist service providers and NGOs offering vital support to people.
The IRC remains concerned that the system of Direct Provision, acknowledged nationally and internationally as not fit for purpose, will not only remain in place but be strengthened under budget proposals.
Caroline Reid, Communications Officer, 085 858 5510
The EU budget will provide dedicated funding of €780 million to support the relocation scheme. Beneficiary Member States will get €6000 per relocated person, including a 50% pre-financing rate to ensure that national authorities have means to act very swiftly. Ireland has agreed to take in 3,500 people under this scheme which means an estimated €21m will be granted to Ireland by the EU.
Specialised service providers would include organisations such as SPIRASI and BelongTo who work with people who have very specific support needs. Family reunification should also be a priority if integration is to be fully achieved.