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Protection, Resettlement and Integration: Ireland’s Response to the Refugee & Migration Crisis

Members of the Irish public gathered on Sandymount Strand on Sunday the 13th of September 2015 in solidarity with people in need of international protection. Together they sent the message "Refugees Welcome". This action was organised by a colaition of Irish NGOs and associations who have come together in response to the humanitarian crisis which has seen the largest number of displaced people since World War II.

Protection, Resettlement and Integration: Ireland’s Response to the Refugee and Migration Crisis

This report makes a series of recommendations to the Irish government, including:

  • Making family reunification a reality without systematic barriers to allow refugees resettle in Ireland;
  • Encouraging EU partners to introduce humanitarian visas to permit access to the EU at embassies and consulates;
  • Ensuring that the new EU Trust Fund for Africa – to which Ireland has pledged an initial €3 million – must not divert development aid to curb migration or increase border security;
  • Ending the commercial, for profit provision of accommodation for people seeking international protection;
  • Establishing a Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Statelessness for Ireland along with local integration groups;
  • Maintaining naval rescue missions throughout the winter;
  • Calling for the suspension of the Dublin Convention with Italy, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia in order to alleviate pressure on states at the border of Europe.

The coalition is made up of ActionAid Ireland, Community Workers’ Co-operative, Christian Aid, Comhlámh, the Conference of the Religious of Ireland, Cultúr, Dóchas, Doras Luimní, ENAR Ireland, Immigrant Council of Ireland, Irish Missionary Union, Irish Refugee Council, Jesuit Refugee Service, Mayo Intercultural Action, Mercy International Association, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, Misean Cara, NASC Ireland, Oxfam Ireland, Trócaire and World Vision Ireland.