Campaign Overview

Justice for the Undocumented (JFU) campaign group

MRCI has been working with undocumented migrants since it was founded in 2001. We started by supporting people who fell out of the employment permit system and successfully advocated for the introduction of a ‘bridging visa’ implemented by INIS in 2008 as the Undocumented Workers Scheme. In response to growing numbers of undocumented people accessing the Drop-In Centre, and the clear need for a comprehensive solution MRCI formed the Justice for the Undocumented Campaign group (JFU) in 2010. JFU is made up of over 1000 undocumented migrants and is growing daily. JFU is campaigning for the introduction of a Regularisation Scheme. The JFU leaders’ group meets regularly and with the support of MRCI plans actions and develops campaign strategies. Great strides have been made getting a regularisation on the agenda. Keep up-to-date with campaign developments: join the MRCI supporters list and follow us on Facebook.


Creating pathways to citizenship for undocumented individuals and families just makes sense, and that’s why multiple groups have endorsed our Regularisation proposal. Here they are:

JFU Coalition of Endorsers April 2016

Akidwa * Anti-Racism Network (ARN) IrelandBarnardosBeLonG ToBusiness in the CommunityCairdeChambers Ireland * Community Workers’ Co-operative * Conference of Religious in Ireland (CORI) * Cork City Council * CrosscareDepaul IrelandDoras LuimníDublin City Council * EPICEuropean Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland * European Network Against Racism (ENAR) IrelandFingal County CouncilFocus Ireland * FLAC * Galway Peoples’ Resource CentreGLENImmigrant Council of IrelandIrish Congress of Trade Unions * Irish Refugee Council * Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC)Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland * Labour * Mandate * Mayo Intercultural ActionNascNational Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) * National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) * New Communities PartnershipSIPTU * Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI)Society of St Vincent de PaulSouth Dublin County Council * UNITE the Union * Young Christian Workers * Youth Work Ireland

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Regularisation Scheme

JFU is campaigning for the introduction of a regularisation scheme. Such a scheme would give undocumented people and their families living in Ireland a window of opportunity to come forward and apply for permanent residency status. All categories of undocumented people would be eligible to apply allowing for a long-term, comprehensive, cost-effective and efficient response. The proposed regularisation would be a once-off, time-bound scheme designed around three essential criteria: length of time in the state, operation of a criminal bar, and implementation of a probationary period. Click here to read details of the proposal.