Media Releases

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

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

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

New civil society report offers roadmap to Irish Government in addressing the needs of refugees and migrants

Press Release, Tuesday 24 October 2017 The growing global migration crisis, which has resulted in 65.6 million people being uprooted from their homes, demands a more coherent and coordinated response from the Irish Government, the Irish Refugee and Migration Coalition said today. A newly-published report, Pathways to Protection and Inclusion, from the civil society group […]

Posted on: 24 October 2017

Right to work for asylum seekers must be accessible and effective

MEDIA STATEMENT, 4th October 2017 Nick Henderson, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council, responded to the statement today by Minister Charlie Flanagan in the Seanad: “Minister Flanagan’s statement that people in the asylum process will be given the right to work is positive. However, any other response would be contrary to the Supreme Court’s decision […]

Posted on: 4 October 2017