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  • Refugee status figure at record low

    Refugee status figure at record low4th July:  JAMIE SMYTH,  Irish Times, Social Affairs CorrespondentThe number of asylum seekers granted refugee status fell to a record low of 1.1 per cent last year with just 24 people granted protection by the...
  • European countries fail to protect refugees

    European countries fail to protect refugees. Brussels, 28 June 2011 – The Jesuit Refugee Service expressed its disappointment with the failure of EU states to rise to the challenge to protect refugees, particularly sub-Saharans, in North Africa.Des...
  • Refugee recognition rate draws concern

    Wed 25th May:  In an article for the Irish Times, JAMIE SMYTH  writes that the  UNITED Nations Committee Against Torture has expressed serious concerns about the Ireland's asylum policy, particularly the rapidly declining recognition rates ...
  • Interim Review of the Cork City Integration Strategy

     Interim Review of the Cork City Integration Strategy"CONNNECTING COMMUNITIES”, the Cork City Intergration Strategy was launched in 2008.   This was a strategic plan which sought to “welcome diversity, promote an intercultural society a...
  • Irregular migration, and the EU’s internal open borders

    Irregular migration, and the EU’s internal open borders5 May 2010: This interesting article from the Independent reflects the both the growing negativity towards “irregular migration” across Europe and also divisions within the EU regarding immigrat...
  • IRELAND - lowest asylum rate in the EU

    IRELAND - lowest asylum rate in the EUWednesday March 30 2011:  This article by Aideen Sheehan in the Independent reports on the difficulty of securing asylum in Ireland.  Read more....
  • More than €3m in fees for refugee tribunal

    More than €3m in fees for refugee tribunal The Irish Times - Monday, April 4, 2011:  This article by JAMIE SMYTH, Social Affairs Correspondent gives an overview of the  much criticised Refugee Appeals Tribunal. Read more...
  • Ireland not doing well

    Ireland not doing well The recently published Migrant Integration Policy Index found Ireland to have the least favourable family reunification policies in Europe and N. America and, in relation to labour market mobility, rated it 28th out of the 31 cou...
  • Promoting a Positive Image of Africa Abroad

    Promoting a Positive Image of Africa AbroadAfrica is poorly served by the mass media, which focuses almost exclusively on the bad news, thus creating a widely accepted narrative of a continent in a constant state of crisis. The ‘Aid Industry’, too, fe...
  • Children win right to stay in EU birth place

    Children win right to stay in EU birth place  Wednesday, March 09, 2011:  Irish Examiner An article by Claire O'Sullivan and Sarah Stack reports on a  LEGAL ruling giving youngsters born in the European Union (EU) the right to remain in t...
  • Immigration and asylum

    Immigration and asylumIRISH TIMES Feb 24th:  THE EXPRESSION of disquiet by former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness about the lack of transparency in our immigration and asylum system crystallises years of concern about the appeals mechanism i...
  • UN to look at Ireland's human rights record

    UN to look at Ireland's human rights record21 Feb 2011 an article by JAMIE SMYTH, Social Affairs Correspondent of the Irish Times reports that the THE UNITED Nations  will investigate the Government’s failure to establish clear immigration rules an...
  • European Court ruling prevents transfer of asylum seekers to unsafe states

    European Court ruling prevents transfer of asylum seekers to unsafe states The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Belgium and Greece have each violated the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR).A...
  • Statistical Overview for 2010

    Statistical Overview for 2010During the year a total of 1,939 applications for asylum were made – this is the lowest number since 1996.  Eurostat figures now show that Ireland is now the 25th lowest of 27 European countries with respect to the gran...
  • I have a dream

    I Have a Dream Martin Luther King viewed integration as more than merely living together, side by side, in tolerant coexistence.   Integration…is evidenced in the welcome embrace of the other as a full participant in social, economic and poli...
  • EU border policies lead to collapse of over-worked asylum systems

    EU border policies lead to collapse of over-worked asylum systems Greece has announced plans to build a wall along the border with Turkey to stop unwanted immigration.  According to Swedish MEP, Cecilia Wikström, this policy is horrendous. In Dec...
  • The number of Asylum Seekers continues to fall.

    The number of Asylum Seekers continues to fall.The number of people claiming asylum fell 27.9 per cent to 1,939 last year - the eighth successive year that claims for refugee status in Ireland have decreased.  This article also reports on the abuse...
  • Welcome for reported Gov’t moves against sex trafficking and exploitation

    Welcome for reported Gov’t moves against sex trafficking and exploitation -  4th JanThe Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) today welcomed a newspaper report that the Government is considering reforming its approach to combating sex trafficking and ...
  • Immigration Residence and Protection Bill – to fall yet again?

    Immigration Residence and Protection Bill – to fall yet again?Due to the shortage of time and the backlog of proposed legislation it is likely the controversial, may not  be enacted before the general election which is likely to take place in March...
  • Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin.....

    Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin.....A little bronze plaque meets you at the reception when you enter Cois Tine with the words “Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin..” meaning “there is no fireside like your own fireside another way of s...