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Take a stand with the men, women and children seeking refuge in Ireland

In light of a recent Supreme Court case the Government will soon be opting into an EU Directive that includes a right to work for people in the asylum process. This will bring us in line with other EU member states. Our concern is that they will make this right restrictive in nature which would […]

Posted on: 5 October 2017

Accessing Further Education in the Asylum Process – Takondwa’s Story

I came to Ireland on 11 November 2011 to seek asylum. I lived in Balseskin Reception Centre for 1 month then I was moved to Globe House, Sligo where I stayed until 1st June 2017. As an asylum seeker, we were told that you are not allowed to go to school and work. I was […]

Posted on: 29 August 2017

UN Committee reviews Ireland’s treatment of torture survivors and vulnerable people in the asylum process

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE, 11 August 2017     Today, the UN Committee against Torture issued recommendations on how Ireland can respect its obligations under the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT). Among issues raised in relation to Ireland’s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, the Committee specifically […]

Posted on: 11 August 2017

Speaker Presentations: Responding to the Needs of Refugee Children and Young People

World Refugee Day Conference, UCD, Dublin On World Refugee Day 2017, the Irish Refugee Council and the School of Social Policy, Social Work, & Social Justice University College Dublin jointly organised an interdisciplinary conference on meeting the needs of refugee children and young people. Held in UCD, the conference was attended by academics and practitioners […]

Posted on: 11 July 2017

Right to work for people in asylum process should be granted at six months and not be restrictive, says Irish Refugee Council

MEDIA STATEMENT, 3RD July 2017 IRC POLICY PAPER: THE RIGHT TO WORK FOR INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION APPLICANTS The Irish Refugee Council today released a policy paper to inform the Government’s response to the Supreme Court decision which found that the indefinite prohibition on the right to work for people in the asylum system is unconstitutional. Nick […]

Posted on: 3 July 2017