National statuses for migrants in need of protection: Ireland and the EU

25 May 2020

An EMN Ireland/ESRI webinar 

Hosted by EMN Ireland, located within the ESRI, this webinar presented the findings of a new EU-wide, European Migration Network (EMN) study on national statuses for people in need of protection. The study finds that 20 Member States plus Norway have at least one national protection status in place, in addition to refugee and subsidiary protection statuses harmonised at EU level. National protection statuses are issued for a wide variety of needs and situations, such as for humanitarian reasons, serious health conditions, non-refoulement, and environmental disasters in the country of origin.

This webinar also considered the Irish report to the EU-wide study published in January 2020. In Ireland, increased numbers of migrants in need of protection have been offered residence under national law and new resettlement schemes in recent years, which complement refugee and subsidiary protection status provided for under EU and international law.

The Director of the Irish Refugee and Protection Programme, tasked with receiving up to 2,900 people in need of protection over the next 4 years, provided an update, and Head of Office of UNHCR Ireland reflected on protection-related challenges arising from Covid-19.

Date: Thursday, 28 May 2020
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Venue: Zoom

Webinar Agenda

10:00 Welcome 

Alan Barrett, Director, Economic and Social Research Institute

Comparative Overview of National Protection Statuses in the EU and Norway
Tatiana Kistruga, Senior Consultant, ICFView publication Download presentation
National Statuses Granted for Protection Reasons in Ireland
Sarah Groarke, EMN Ireland Policy Officer
Patricia Brazil, Barrister-at-Law and Assistant Professor in Law at Trinity College DublinView publicationDownload presentation
Update on the Irish Refugee Protection Programme
Eibhlin Byrne, Director, Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP)Download presentation
Protection in Ireland and the EU: Implications of Covid-19
Enda O’Neill, Head of Office, UNHCR Ireland
Questions and Answers
11.30 Close

A video of the webinar can be viewed below.