Pathways to Protection and Inclusion

  • Date: 24/10/2017
  • Author: Jo-Ann Ward

This morning we were pleased to support the launch of the Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition report entitled Pathways to Protection and Inclusion, Ireland’s role in global refugee protection and migration movements.

The report sets out some of the major changes in the area of migration and asylum since 2016 from an International, European and Irish perspective. It also outlines a range of clear and pragmatic recommendations in order to ensure Ireland can respond responsibly and display solidarity with the regions and persons most affected by on-going conflicts and mass displacement.

And as members, we are pleased to support the recommendations to government, outlined below.

Recommendations

  1. Enhance safe and legal routes for people in need of international protection.
  • Broaden the family reunification definition.
  • Uphold its relocation obligations.
  • Scale up Ireland’s resettlement programme.
  • Establish and pilot a Community Sponsorship Programme.
  • Introduce a Humanitarian Admission Programm

2. Ensure Ireland has a robust asylum and immigration system with adequate integration supports.

  • Ensure a fair and efficient protection procedure.
  • Introduce a regularisation scheme for undocumented migrants.
  • Conduct an independent review of integration measures for resettled refugees.
  • Extend and implement the Migration Integration Strategy to include all migrants and ethnic minorities and remove barriers to integration.
  • Enact effective hate crime legislation and a comprehensive national anti-racism strategy.

3. Ireland and the European Union must uphold their humanitarian aid commitments and human rights obligations and address the root causes of conflict and inequality.

  • For the EU to cease using development funds for migration control.
  • Establish binding standards for Sates in the Migration and Refugee Compacts that go beyond declarations.
  • Address the root causes of displacement.

About the Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition

ActionAid Ireland is one of 23 leading Irish organisations working locally, nationally and internationally on migration and asylum issues who make up the Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition. It seeks to advance the rights and dignity of people on the move and those in need of international protection.

You can read the full report here: PATHWAYS to Protection and Inclusion

Pictured: Jim Clarken, Caoimhe Sheridan, Radwan Abou Hajar and Eugene Quinn speaking at the launch today. Photo courtesy of The Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition

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