Immigration

The UK Modern Slavery Act: Template for Ireland or False Friend?

The UK Modern Slavery Act: Template for Ireland or False Friend?

This post originally appeared as a guest column in the Immigrant Council of Ireland’s daily epaper, Immigrant News.  Heralded by the UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, as “an historic milestone” which brings the UK “closer to consigning slavery to the history books”, the UK Parliament adopted the Modern Slavery Act on 26 March. The Act brings(…)

#DirectProvision15: The Start of Year 16

#DirectProvision15: The Start of Year 16

Caroline Reid is the Communications Officer, Irish Refugee Council. Liam Thornton is a lecturer in law in UCD.  This post concludes the #directprovision15 week long online events. You can access all the blog posts here and can see the Tumblr page here. We would like to express our deep appreciation to all the contributors, in(…)

#DirectProvision15: Proximity Mouth at Dublin Castle

#DirectProvision15: Proximity Mouth at Dublin Castle

This contribution, from Dominic Thorpe, UCD College of Humanities, artist in residence. This was originally published here.  This performance was made in the former children’s court at Dublin Castle. During the performance audience members were given a short tour of the former court by tour guides who have personal experience of the current Direct provision(…)

#DirectProvision15: The Need for Comprehensive Protection

#DirectProvision15: The Need for Comprehensive Protection

This guest post comes from Mehari Fisseha. Asylum seekers and refugees are one of the most demonised and marginalised social groups in Europe. Ireland’s current agenda for dealing with refugees and asylum seekers is inadequate. The government of Ireland is aware of the inadequacy of response and has proposed to make a number of changes that(…)

#DirectProvision15: IASW DP Working Group Submission

#DirectProvision15: IASW DP Working Group Submission

The Irish Association of Social Workers is the national organisation of professional social workers in the Republic of Ireland. The IASW is also an active member of the International Federation of Social Workers. Throughout the country social workers encounter asylum seekers on a daily basis in their work within hospitals, mental health teams, child protection(…)

#DirectProvision15: Children in Direct Provision

#DirectProvision15: Children in Direct Provision

From an End DP Limerick member, who wishes to remain anonymous.  Sitting in my kitchen watching my toddler play with a saucepan, spoon and some dried pasta, I feel very privileged. Recently I visited a direct provision centre, one of a number throughout the country where people seeking asylum from persecution are placed by the(…)

#DirectProvision15: Making Visible

#DirectProvision15: Making Visible

This guest post coincides with today’s moments of silence outside the Department of Justice, making 15 years of direct provision in Ireland. Events are also taking place in Galway and Limerick. Making Visible – Ceara Conway, Noirin Ni Rian and Veronika Ncube St Nicholas’s Cathedral, Galway,Ireland 6th January, 2014 One of a series of socially(…)

#DirectProvision15: UNKNOWN

#DirectProvision15: UNKNOWN

This poem comes from Bibly Mosa UNKNOWN I have arrive and concluded the story But am nervous to roll the scroll. I will like to say is all over but we just began, Loved to end it all but my mind is not at rest. Emotions are dip but saturated with the love of continuity. How(…)

#DirectProvision15: The need for an independent complaints mechanism

#DirectProvision15: The need for an independent complaints mechanism

Jennifer DeWan is Campaigns and Communications Manager in Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre. Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre has long campaigned for the introduction of an independent complaints mechanism to provide oversight of the direct provision system. The current complaints system – outlined in the Reception and Integration Agency’s (RIA) House Rules and Procedures –(…)

#DirectProvision15: 15 years of the system of Direct Provision in Ireland

#DirectProvision15: 15 years of the system of Direct Provision in Ireland

Human Rights in Ireland have been running a week long online event since Monday to mark the 15th year of Direct Provision in Ireland. Throughout the week, there have been new and retrospective contributions from a cross section of civil society, NGOs, supporters and legal professionals highlighting the issue of Direct Provision: 15 years of reports,(…)

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