Posted On: 3 September 2015


How you can help

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) has been receiving calls, emails and messages on social media from people asking how to help in this current humanitarian crisis and show solidarity with refugees seeking protection.

We welcome such support and suggest people take a look at the options below and support actions here and in other EU countries as best you can.  Some of these are organised by other organisations, nevertheless, the IRC would encourage you to do what suits you best to reach out the people who need your help now.

Provide humanitarian support to refugees in Budapest 

The IRC is liaising through the Hungarian Helsinki Committee to raise much needed funds to provide humanitarian supplies to address the needs of refugees in Budapest, Hungary. This will be by means of funds taken to Budapest before the end of September which will be spent on necessary humanitarian supplies in coordination with volunteer groups on the ground. Financial donations enable us to respond rapidly to address where the needs are greatest.  The situation is changing rapidly on the ground but it is a vital crossing point in to the EU after long and sometimes treacherous journeys.

To donate please click the donate icon to the right of the screen.  We will make sure that every Euro is spent on exactly what is needed to improve the conditions of refugees in Budapest.

The current situation in Budapest

Thousands of refugees including children are currently sleeping rough outside the main train station, Keleti station in Budapest, Hungary. Although some have been able to board trains to Germany and Austria and other countries many more are still stranded in Budapest and local volunteer groups are struggling to provide the necessary supplies.

Sign a petition have a petition calling on the Taoiseach to allow more refugees to settle in Ireland.  Keep an eye on their website or follow them on facebook or tiwtter as they are organising events this Saturday around the country to mark the refugee loss of life.  Follow uplift.iefor updates.

Support refugees in Calais and the trip with necessary humanitarian supplies that is taking place on 30 September.

Contact your political representatives

Write, phone or visit your TDs to tell them that you want Ireland to do more and ask them to pass your concern and demands on to the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald.

Work with your community

Explore options for refugees being resettled in your community and regenerate your community at the same time.

There are asylum seekers and refugees already in Ireland that would also value your support.  Here are some ways to get involved:

Support the education of asylum seekers & refugees in Ireland

There are people who are Ireland now who would value support.  Some ways that you can help include financial support to asylum seekers and refugees to access education and training.  Email if you want to make a donation.

Campaign to End Direct Provision

Use your voice to #ENDDP and make institutionalised living in Ireland a thing of the past.

Become a member or supporter of the IRC

If you are able to offer other forms of practical support, please contact the IRC with ideas, offers, suggestions and we will respond as soon as we can.

More ideas and initiatives to come – so keep tuned in to our Facebook page, Twitter and website. And please share your experiences or initiatives by using the hashtag ‘#RefugeesWelcome’ or tag us @IrishRefugeeCo