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18-12-2015

Latest European and International developments on migration and asylum including update on refugee crisis

Latest developments in the refugee crisis, news, statistics and trends, reports and events on migration and asylum Read the full Story

11-12-2015

Eurostat figures show a 65 per cent annual increase in asylum applications in EU-28

413, 800 asylum applications were registered in the EU-28 during the third quarter of 2015 Read the full Story

09-12-2015

Latest developments on migration and asylum in Ireland 2015

Latest national news and information update on migration and asylum Read the full Story

01-12-2015

CSO figures show that over one-third of non-Irish nationals assigned PPSNs were working during 2014

85,724 individuals aged 15 years and over who were allocated Personal Public Service Numbers (PPSN) in 2014 Read the full Story

27-11-2015

Making labour migration work: Identifying skills shortages and attracting migrant workers as part of the solution

Joint conference hosted by EMN Ireland, within the Economic and Social Research Institute, and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Read the full Story

25-11-2015

23-11-2015

Council of the EU and Member States agree to implement border and airline controls

The Council of the European Union has called for the immediate implementation of “necessary systematic and coordinated checks at external borders, including on individuals enjoying the right of free movement” Read the full Story

20-11-2015

Council of the EU and Member States agree to implement border and airline controls

The Council of the European Union has called for the immediate implementation of necessary systematic and coordinated checks at external borders, including on individuals enjoying the right of free movement Read the full Story

20-11-2015

International Protection Bill 2015 published

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, published the text of the International Protection Bill 2015 Read the full Story

13-11-2015

Outcome of Valletta summit on migration

The Valletta summit on migration brought together European and African Heads of State and Government to address migration-related challenges and opportunities Read the full Story

27-10-2015

Residence Permits issued to non-EU nationals

In 2014, EU Member States issued 2.3 million first residence permits to third country nationals Read the full Story

24-09-2015

Agreement reached at informal meeting of EU heads of state and government on migration and refugee crisis

A number of measures agreed on at an extraordinary informal meeting convened by President Tusk in response to the migration and refugee crisis. Read the full Story

23-09-2015

Decision taken at the Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council to relocate 120,000 refugees

Decision to relocate a further 120,000 people in need of international protection from certain EU Member States experiencing high inflows of refugees to other parts of the EU Read the full Story

16-09-2015

Limited agreement reached on relocation at the Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council Meeting

JHA adopted decision to relocate 40,000 in need for protection. Decision on relocation of additional 120,000 expected at extraordinary meeting of Council on 22 September Read the full Story

10-09-2015

Ireland to accept up to 4,000 persons under Irish Refugee Protection Programme

Minister for Justice and Equality has announced that Ireland will accept up to 4,000 persons under Resettlement and Relocation Programmes. Read the full Story

09-09-2015

European Commission proposals to address the current refugee crisis and future of EU migration policy

Proposed measures in response to the current refugee crisis and to prepare for future challenges Read the full Story

04-09-2015

Increase in asylum applications in EU28

Eurostat figures show 417,420 asylum applications were received in EU-28 for the first half of 2015 compared to 384,485 for last half of 2014, an increase of 32,945 Read the full Story

01-09-2015

Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council to discuss Europe's response to migration crisis

Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union has called an extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council on 14 September 2015 Read the full Story

26-08-2015

Latest CSO estimates show number of non-Irish arriving in Ireland has increased, while number of Irish leaving has decreased

Number of immigrants coming to Ireland has increased year-on-year to 69,300 from 60,600, an increase of 14 per cent Read the full Story

22-07-2015

New EMN Ireland report on Business Migration to Ireland

Increased flexibility helps to support non-EU business migration to Ireland Read the full Story

21-07-2015

Ireland has agreed to relocate 600 people in need of international protection from Greece and Italy

This figure is distinct from the previously agreed 520 refugees from outside the EU, who are to be resettled in Ireland. Read the full Story

07-07-2015

EU Member States granted citizenship to almost 1 million people in 2013

Nearly 985,000 people acquired citizenship of an EU Member State, an increase of 20% compared to 2012 Read the full Story

01-07-2015

Working Group report on Direct Provision and the Protection Process published

The report draws on the experience of people living in the system and proposes several key reforms Read the full Story

24-06-2015

Number of first time asylum applications made in the EU increased by 86 per cent in Quarter 1, 2015

Eurostat figures also show that first time asylum applications made in Ireland more than doubled to 625 in quarter 1, 2015 compared to 295 in quater 1, 2014 Read the full Story

19-05-2015

Launch of 2015 Migrant Integration Policy Index for Ireland

Ireland ranked 19 out 38 countries in the 2015 Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) Read the full Story

14-05-2015

Minister for Justice and Equality announced plans to resettle additional migrants

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., welcomed the publication of the European Agenda on Migration by the European Commission Read the full Story

13-05-2015

European Commission published its European Agenda on Migration

The European Commission launched its European Agenda on Migration which addresses the need for immediate action in response to the migration crisis in the Mediterranean and puts forward four pillars for a common EU migration policy Read the full Story

12-05-2015

27 EU Member States granted a protection status to more than 185,000 asylum seekers in 2014

In 2014, the number of asylum seekers granted a protection status in the EU27 increased by almost 50% compared with 2013 Read the full Story

08-05-2015

Oireachtas Committee Report on Direct Provision system calls for increase in allowance and independent inspections

The report states that Ireland's Direct Provision system is not fit for purpose and requires robust independent oversight Read the full Story

07-05-2015

New ESRI Bulletin on Discrimination in the Labour Market: Nationality, Ethnicity and the Recession

Examines the extent to which discrimination varies across different national-ethnic groups in Ireland, and asks whether discrimination increased between 2004 and 2010. Read the full Story

24-04-2015

Outcome of special European Council meeting on migrant situation in the Mediterranean

In response to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean, European leaders issued a joint statement which agreed to strengthen presence at sea, fight traffickers, prevent illegal migration flows and reinforce internal solidarity and responsibility among EU Member States. Read the full Story

21-04-2015

EU action plan on situation in Mediterranean

Ten point action plan on migration, in response to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean. Read the full Story

24-03-2015

Eurostat figures show just over 626,000 asylum applicants registered in the EU-28 in 2014; Syrian nationals represented 20%

The latest Eurostat release shows an increase of 44% (190,875) in the number of asylum applicants registered in the European Union (EU) in 2014 Read the full Story

06-03-2015

European Commission launches: "Towards a Comprehensive European Migration Policy"

The European Commission has launched a fact sheet on its work towards a new European Agenda on Migration. An orientation debate on key actions deemed necessary to advance existing efforts in managing migration in the EU, has taken place within the College of Commissioners. Read the full Story

28-01-2015

CSO analysis suggests many 2008 migrants may have left Ireland

Only 20% of non-Irish nationals assigned PPSNs in 2008 had employment activity at any time during 2013; 18% recorded social welfare activity. Read the full Story

27-01-2015

Immigration in Ireland in 2014

Provisional figures on immigration-related processing activity in Ireland during 2014 Read the full Story

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