The Community Sponsorship Ireland (CSI) scheme was officially launched on 15 November, by Minister of State with responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD. The CSI was established on a pilot basis in 2018 as an alternative resettlement stream to the traditional state-centred model of resettlement. This programme gives the opportunity to private citizens and community-based to directly support a refugee family.
The sponsoring communities support the integration of refugee families into Irish society by providing a home and opportunities to connect with the local services they need, such as English language tuition, employment, and education pathways.
The pilot CSI programme has now concluded. During this pilot phase, 5 refugee families (17 persons) were welcomed by host community groups in counties Cork, Waterford and Meath. A further family is to be received by a host community in Dublin in December.
For more information contact:
Read Department of Justice and Equality press release: Minister Stanton Officially Launches Refugee Community Sponsorship Ireland