The Irish Refugee Council represents people with refugee status and people granted subsidiary protection in applications to be reunited with their family members in Ireland. We have partnered with Kids in Need of Defence (KIND) and the Immigrant Council of Ireland to help children who have been granted refugee status in Ireland reunite with the families they left behind.

Approximately 175 unaccompanied children arrive in Ireland every year. The majority have left their families in countries impacted by conflict, including Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Syria and Ethiopia.

Under Irish law, children are entitled to reunify with family members, but state-provided legal aid in Ireland does not provide assistance to them to help them through this complicated process. Without legal help, it is difficult for children to apply for family reunification and to meet all requirements and requests, or to challenge refusals of their applications. Without legal advice, children can miss the limited time window to reunite with their families in safety.

A&L GoodbodyArthur CoxMicrosoftLinked InSimmons and Simmons have joined the project as pro bono partners and over the next 12 months, our project hopes to support 30 refugee children in their applications for family reunification.