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14 Jun 2024

Commission adopts Common Implementation Plan for the Pact on Migration and Asylum

  On 12 June 2024 , the European Commission published the Common Implementation Plan for the Pact on Migration and Asylum (‘the Pact’). The Plan sets out administrative, operational and legal requirements that Member States must put in place in order to prepare for the implementation of the legislation underpinning the Pact. It is expected that these requirements will be … Read More

10 Jun 2024

Beneficiaries of international protection face challenges leaving government accommodation, research finds

Research published today by EMN Ireland/ESRI found that a large number of beneficiaries of international protection are struggling to move out of government-provided accommodation into autonomous housing. As of January 2024, almost 6,000 people with international protection status who could in principle move on to autonomous housing were living in government-provided International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS) accommodation. This was approximately … Read More

23 May 2024

Daily Expenses Allowance income assessment for international protection applicants

  In June 2024, the Department of Social Protection will introduce an income assessment for the Daily Expenses Allowance for international protection applicants. The Daily Expenses Allowance is a social welfare payment for people who have applied for international protection in Ireland and who live in, or are on a waiting list for, State provided accommodation. The rate of the … Read More

21 May 2024

New EMN inform examines labour market integration of beneficiaries of temporary protection

Labour market integration is crucial for people to rebuild their lives following forced displacement and attain stable livelihoods. It also decreases costs for the host societies. A joint EMN-OECD inform examines the labour market integration of beneficiaries of temporary protection (BOTPs) across 24 EMN Member and Observer Countries and compares data, policies and measures to facilitate such integration. Employment of beneficiaries of … Read More

16 May 2024

Legislative changes to allow resumption of returns to UK, following High Court ruling on designating UK a safe third country

  On Friday 22 March, the High Court ruled that Ireland’s designation of the United Kingdom (UK) as a safe third country is not compliant with EU law. A safe third country is a country to which international protection applicants can be returned to for processing their application, if it is considered that the applicant has a genuine connection to … Read More

25 Apr 2024

Language barrier one of several challenges faced by beneficiaries of temporary protection in Ireland

New research published by EMN Ireland (within the ESRI) found that beneficiaries of temporary protection in Ireland can face difficulties accessing employment and education. This is largely due to a lack of English language proficiency, compounded by insufficient English language support provision for adults. The report also demonstrates that accessing certain services is a challenge for beneficiaries, with particular issues … Read More

24 Apr 2024

Further measures to expedite international protection application processing announced

  On 23 April, the Department of Justice announced further measures to expedite international protection application processing. Commencing immediately, international protection applicants from the country which has the highest number of international protection applications in Ireland over the previous three months, will have their applications processed under an accelerated procedure.  Under this accelerated process, decisions will be made within 90 … Read More

19 Apr 2024

New EMN Inform provides comparative overview of family reunification policy for beneficiaries of international protection

Family reunification plays a critical role in the successful integration of migrants and refugees in a new country. Additionally, family reunification schemes in the context of international protection extend protection to family members in potentially vulnerable circumstances. Following the 20th  anniversary of the Family Reunification Directive, this latest EMN Inform compares national legislation, policies and practices on family reunification between … Read More

12 Apr 2024

What is the EU Migration and Asylum Pact?

The EU Migration and Asylum Pact (the Pact) is a new framework aimed at managing migration and asylum in Europe. Proposed by the European Commission in September 2020, following consultation with various stakeholders, the Pact aims to address challenges and deficiencies observed in the EU’s approach to migration and asylum, which became particularly evident during increased asylum migration to Europe … Read More

02 Apr 2024

Cabinet greenlights EU Migration and Asylum Pact opt-in approval process

On 27 March 2024, the Minister for Justice obtained cabinet approval to seek the necessary approvals from the Houses of the Oireachtas to opt in to measures in the EU Migration and Asylum Pact (‘the Pact’). The Pact  is a set of regulations and policies designed to ‘manage and normalise migration’ for the long term, providing certainty, clarity and decent … Read More

28 Mar 2024

New Comprehensive Accommodation Strategy for International Protection Applicants announced

  On 27 March 2024, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) announced a new Comprehensive Accommodation Strategy for International Protection Applicants (IPAs). Since the publication of the White Paper to End Direct Provision and Establish A New International Protection Support Service in 2021, increased numbers of international protection applicants as well as the requirement to accommodate … Read More

25 Mar 2024

Attitudes towards immigration remain largely positive in Ireland despite some recent declines, ESRI research finds

  On 22 March 2024, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) published new research which found that attitudes in Ireland towards refugees and immigration remain largely positive, both compared with previous data on attitudes in Ireland and compared with other European countries. However, the research also found that some attitudes became less positive in the last 6 months of … Read More

13 Mar 2024

Changes to income and accommodation supports for arrivals from Ukraine

  On 13 March 2024, new legislation to bring into effect a revised approach to supporting new arrivals from Ukraine has been commenced. The Social Welfare and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2024 implements recently announced changes to the income supports provided to newly arriving Beneficiaries of Temporary Protection (BOTPs) in Ireland. On 12 December 2023, the Department of the … Read More

05 Mar 2024

New data on arrivals from Ukraine in CSO’s latest release

  On 20 February 2024, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) released the 12th report in the Arrivals from Ukraine in Ireland series. The figures on numbers of arrivals are based on Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) allocations to people protected under the Temporary Protection Directive, as of 04 February 2024. Summary of arrivals In total there have been 104,870 arrivals … Read More

26 Feb 2024

New EMN Inform: Access to autonomous housing in the context of international protection

  Access to autonomous housing plays an important role in the integration process for international protection applicants and beneficiaries of international protection. The European Commission Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027 highlights the importance of promoting autonomous housing models for international protection applicants. It also underscores the value of disseminating and scaling up successful models of inclusive and affordable … Read More

12 Feb 2024

Recent European Court of Justice developments on international protection

  The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has recently delivered two significant rulings in relation to international protection. An Advocate General of the CJEU also delivered their opinion on Member States recognising refugee status issued by other Member States. Procedural guarantees and indirect refoulement under the Dublin III Regulation On 30 November 2023, the CJEU delivered a … Read More

30 Jan 2024

New measures to expedite international protection application processing announced

  On 30 January,  the Department of Justice announced new measures to expedite international protection application processing. As of 31 January, Algeria and Botswana will be considered as designated safe countries of origin for the purpose of making a claim for international protection in Ireland. The changes were made following a review of safe countries of origin in the context … Read More

17 Jan 2024

Expansion of Employment Permit System Announced

  On 20 December 2023, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) announced significant changes to the employment permit system. The changes cross many employment sectors and include amendments to roles eligible for employment permits as well as a roadmap for increasing the minimum salary thresholds for employment permits. The changes include the addition of 11 roles to the … Read More