Asylum seekers in Ireland will not benefit from measures negotiated under Irish Presidency

Posted On: 27 March 2013

The Irish asylum system will not benefit from  revised EU laws on the processing of asylum claims announced by the Irish Presidency today (Wednesday, 27 March 2013) says the Irish Refugee Council .  This is because Ireland has ‘opted out’ of participating in the revised laws which  form part of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and has not signed up to others.

Sue Conlan, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council, says:

“The developments towards completing CEAS are to be welcomed.  However, it is regrettable that Ireland has decided not to fully participate in a system that is designed to ensure consistent and equitable treatment of asylum seekers.

“This decision puts Ireland out of line with other EU counties in how asylum applications are processed and how asylum seekers are treated.”

“In addition, the failure to sign up to the Reception Conditions Directive removes asylum seekers in Ireland from a number of important protections, including the opportunity to work and be self-sufficient if their application is delayed through no fault of their own,” adds Sue Conlan.


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  • Sue Conlan is available for interview.  Contact Sharon Waters on 085 8585 510.
  • The Common European Asylum System (CEAS) consists of a series of directives and regulations intended to bring in minimum and common standards for the processing and treatment of claims for international protection.  After their initial introduction, Ireland signed up to the Dublin II and EURODAC Regulations, the Qualification, Procedures and Temporary Protection Directives (but not their revised versions) and has never opted in to the Reception Conditions Directive.
  • Ireland is one of just two EU countries which opted out of the Reception Conditions Directive but the other country, Denmark, has provided a right to work in separate legislation.