Children’s Rights Camps 2013

Seeking Asylum in Ireland – A Guide for Children

June and July 2013 were busy months for the Irish Refugee Council and the IRC Youth. Dublin City University hosted two summer camps for young people on asylum law, the first  camp was a 3 day overnighter for 7 youth facilitators who learned about the ins and outs of the asylum process in Ireland.  They then ran the July camp which was open to children and young people up to the age of 18. The result was a multimedia guide to the asylum process for children and young people.

The guide provides insight to the asylum process for young people in Ireland and includes a video and a booklet for all users to explore and engage with the asylum process from a young person’s perspective.

Luke McDermott from the Irish Refugee Council Youth said that

“The video features a step-by-step introduction to the different stages of seeking asylum, for example, arrival in Ireland and the interview process. The overall objective of this project is to make the application process less scary by letting children know what to expect.”

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Irish Refugee Council & Unicef Ireland Easter Human Rights Camp

In March 2013, a group of 27 young people consisting of separated children, aged-out minors, children with families living in Direct Provision and Irish students took part in an Easter Camp on Human Rights hosted by the Irish Refugee Council and UNICEF Ireland.  The camp provided time to think about creative models of advocacy.  The camp welcomed several speakers including Senator Jillian Van Turnhout and Dil Wickremasinghe from Newstalk.  The groups then took up four separate projects relating to issues of equality, integration, education and resilience.

Their projects were on display in the Twisted Pepper from 24 May 2013- 31 May 2013.

The outputs:

Political Advocacy