Press Centre

Hope for Undocumented Migrants this Christmas as Civil Society and Political Support Grows for Earned Regularisation Scheme

Justice for the Undocumented campaign supporters' logos

PRESS RELEASE: 19 December 2012

To coincide with a presentation to the Oireachtas Committee for Justice, Defence and Equality, Justice for the Undocumented campaign members gathered at Dublin City Hall to receive a message of solidarity from supporters across civil society.

Supporters* including Trade Unions, business organisations, religious, community and voluntary sector organisations released the following statement.

“As supporters of the Justice for the Undocumented Campaign who are calling for the introduction of an earned regularisation scheme, we send a message of solidarity to all undocumented migrants living in Ireland at this time.  We are concerned with the high numbers of undocumented families and children living in Ireland without rights and under tremendous stress and fear. Earned regularisation offers a practical solution that responds to the needs of the government and undocumented migrants.  2012 was a year of hope for both undocumented people who have made Ireland their home and the Irish undocumented living in the U.S.  Providing a humanitarian response and turning hope into action is crucial for 2013.”

Jayson Montenegro, spokesperson for the campaign said “Support for earned regularisation is growing daily.  Being in the Dáil today shows the growing political interest in our situation. This along with receiving the Statement from business organisations, trade unions, religious, community and voluntary sector organisations gives me hope for the future”

Edel McGinley of Migrant Rights Centre Ireland said “the Justice Committee really listened to our concerns.  We asked them to bring this to the Minister for Justice’s attention as a matter of urgency”.  She continued, “We cannot let another year pass without a solution. We need to act so that next Christmas those who are undocumented and who have made Ireland their home have security and protection”.

ENDS

Notes to Editor:

Undocumented Migrants available for interview

Justice Committee press release: http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/mediazone/pressreleases/name-14358-en.html

MRCI website: http://www.mrci.ie/our-work/justice-for-undocumented/

*Supporters of Justice for the Undocumented

Akidwa
Cairde
Chambers Ireland
Barnardos
BelongTo
Business in the Community
Depaul Ireland
Doras Luimní
EPIC
Focus Ireland
Free Legal Aid Centre (FLAC)
Gay & Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN)
Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)
Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI)
Irish Refugee Council (IRC)
Integration Centre (IC)
Islamic Cultural Centre Ireland (ICCI)
MANDATE
Nasc
National Women’s Council Ireland (NWCI)
National Youth Council Ireland (NYCI)
SIPTU
Society of St Vincent De Paul

Political Support

Dublin City Council
Fingal County Council
South Dublin City Council
Labour Party