Current proposals indicate right to work threatens to be ‘an illusion’ for many

Media Release, 23 January 2018 On the 17th January the Government released information about their proposal for the right to work for people in the asylum process. The EU Reception Conditions Directive, which they plan to opt into, requires that a member state provides people seeking asylum ‘effective access’ to the labour market. From the […]

Posted on: 23 January 2018

***Closed for applications***We are recruiting

***Closed for applications*** The Irish Refugee Council are recruiting four new and exciting positions to broaden and deepen our work in 2018 and beyond. Click on each position for more details: Policy and Advocacy Officer Managing Solicitor Caseworker Employment Officer Deadline for application for each position is 5.30pm on the 17 January (extended from the […]

Posted on: 9 January 2018

Refugee decision making waiting times at crisis point’

Media Release, 13 December 2017 Hundreds of ‘transition’ applications waiting since beginning of 2017 At least a 20 month wait for asylum interview for new applications Nick Henderson, CEO of the Irish refugee Council stated: “One year on from the introduction of the International Protection Act 2015 the State’s ability to handle asylum applications promptly […]

Posted on: 13 December 2017

Important reminder for people wishing to apply for Family Reunification

If you received refugee status or subsidiary protection before December 30th 2016, you have until 30th December 2017 to apply for Family Reunification for eligible family members. This includes programme refugees who arrived in Ireland in 2016. If you were previously refused an application for Family Reunification for eligible relatives because your application fell outside […]

Posted on: 29 November 2017

Fundamental detail and urgency missing from government announcement on the right to work for people seeking asylum

Media Statement, 21 November 2017 In response to the Government’s announcement Nick Henderson, CEO, said: “Opting in to the 2013 Reception Conditions Directive is a positive step. However, the creation of another interdepartmental group, six months after the Supreme Court decision, shows a disregard for the existing delays in the Irish asylum system. Current estimates […]

Posted on: 22 November 2017