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Proposed reforms not a cure-all for the problems in the asylum process says Irish Refugee Council

Monday, 30 April 2012: Figures released by the Minister for Justice on subsidiary protection and delays in the system indicate that wider reform of the protection system is urgently needed says the Irish Refugee Council (IRC).   The figures show a very low acceptance rate for those claiming subsidiary protection and very long delays from application […]

Posted on: 30 April 2012

The Irish Refugee Council urge the Government to enhance protection for asylum seeking children after report to Human Rights Committee

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) welcomes the Irish Government’s commitment to enhancing protection for all children in Irish society and urges it to extend the remit of the Ombudsman for Children to include asylum seeking children.   The IRC also urges the Government to bring forward new legislation on asylum and immigration as a matter of […]

Posted on: 15 March 2012

IRC meets with the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance to highlight institutional racism within the Irish asylum process.

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) highlighted problems of exclusion and institutionalised poverty in the asylum system at a meeting with a delegation from the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance  (ECRI) this morning (27/2/12).  The IRC was particularly critical of the Irish reception system known as Direct Provision, whereby asylum seekers are given board, accommodation […]

Posted on: 28 February 2012

President Higgins launches new initiatives in refugee law by the Irish Refugee Council

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, today (17/2/12) formally launches two new initiatives for the development of refugee law in Ireland. At an event hosted by Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness, patron of the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) at the Bar Council, the President officially opens the Irish Refugee Council Independent Law Centre and marks the […]

Posted on: 17 February 2012

Irish Refugee Council urges Minister to address root causes of problems in the asylum and immigration systems

The Irish Refugee Council urges the Minister for Justice to focus on fair and efficient decision-making procedures and to introduce a robust, independent appeal process as part of the reform of the asylum and immigration system.  However, the IRC notes that the Minister’s statement on immigration failed to address the problems of lengthy delays and […]

Posted on: 4 January 2012