On 27 March, the government made two significant announcements about international protection: that Ireland would opt into the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum. 

We believe the reforms contained within the EU Asylum and Migration Pact reflect an effort to limit access to protection for refugees in Europe. They will result in less safeguards, increased detention and destitution among people seeking protection. Below we highlight some of our main concerns, particularly around the border procedure, and include references to more information on the consequences of the Pact across the EU. We have shared our position in a Briefing Paper to Oireachtas Justice Committee members on the EU Migration and Asylum Pact

Download the Briefing Paper