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Latest developments on migration and asylum in Ireland 2015

Date Published: 09-12-2015

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18 September 2015

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  • CSO released the latest Population and Migration Estimates. Estimates show that the number of non-Irish arriving in Ireland has increased, while the number of Irish leaving has decreased. Net migration remains negative (-11,600).

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15 July 2015

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  • 28 July 2015: The Children's Rights Alliance and the Law Centre for Children and Young People will launch Making Rights Real for Children: A Children’s Rights Audit of Irish Law - email: patricia@childrensrights.ie for details.


11 June 2015

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8 May 2015

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18 February 2015

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  • A new Low Pay Commission has been set up to advise the Government on an annual basis on what is the appropriate rate of the National Minimum Wage.  Edel McGinley, Director  of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI), is one of eight Commissioners. Dr Donal de Buitléir has been appointed as the Chairperson.
  • Department of Justice and Equality announced the extension of the British-Irish Visa Scheme to IndiaTourists, business visitors and other eligible visitors from India will be able to visit both the UK and Ireland, including moving freely between north and south of the island of Ireland, on a single visa.  
  • Dr Niall Muldoon has been announced as the nominee for the new Ombudsman for Children.
  • Mr Brian Killoran has been appointed as the new CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland (as of 1 March 2015).
  • Department of Justice and Equality introduced the civilisation of the border control at Dublin Airport with the 42 civilian immigration officers commencing border control duties in January 2015.
  • In January 2015 the second cross border conference on human trafficking was held, which focussed on forced labour. Minister of State Aodhán ó Riordáin was among contributors.
  • The Highly Skilled Eligible list has been updated following an amendment to the Employment Permits Regulations 2014.
  • The Refugee Applications Commissioner introduced a Corporate Plan for the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC) for the period 2015 to 2017.
  • The 100th Citizenship Ceremony took place in January 2015. The total number of people granted Irish citizenship at a citizenship ceremony since their introduction in June 2011 is now more than 59,000.

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