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01 Jul 2022

Innovate for Ireland partnership seeks to attract and retain PhD students from Ireland and abroad

Today Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister for Research and Innovation Simon Harris launched the new Innovate for Ireland public-private partnership, which will offer stipends of €28,000 per year to PhD students from Ireland and abroad. Initially, the initiative will seek to attract up to 400 PhD students to undertake research in Ireland on national and global challenges such as climate … Read More

01 Jul 2022

Preliminary 2022 census results show population increases from migration in all twenty-six counties

The Central Statistics Office released the preliminary findings from the 2022 census on 23 June. The headline item was that, for the first time since 1841, the population of Ireland was greater than five million. The initial results provide some insights into how migration has played a role in this historic population change. Population growth since the previous census in … Read More

30 Jun 2022

New National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual, and Gender-Based Violence Works to Address Additional Challenges Faced by Migrants

Earlier this week, the Department of Justice launched Zero Tolerance, the third national strategy on domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence (DSGBV). This is a five-year strategy, which is to be expanded and detailed in a series of implementation plans. The first implementation plan was published simultaneously with the strategy and covers the period from now until the end of 2023. … Read More

28 Jun 2022

Department of Justice publishes General Scheme of the Inspection of Places of Detention Bill

On Friday, 24 June 2022, the Department of Justice announced the publication of the General Scheme of the Inspection of Places of Detention Bill. This bill will provide for the designation of National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs), which act as national inspecting bodies for places of detention within Ireland. NPMs monitor places of detention through regular inspection visits and make recommendations … Read More

28 Jun 2022

Some key developments in EU migration and asylum policy from the European Council

On 22 June, the European Council agreed to adopt the main elements of the first stage of the phased New Pact on Migration and Asylum, which was first proposed by the European Commission in September 2020. In so doing, the Member States agreed to begin negotiations with the European Parliament on two migration management tools: the Eurodac Regulation and the … Read More

27 Jun 2022

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission makes key recommendations in first National Anti-Trafficking Report

Last week, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), in its role as Ireland’s National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking, published the first National Anti-Trafficking Report. IHREC identified a number of areas as key matters of priority in continuing to combat human trafficking in Ireland. These include Coordination among the relevant State departments and agencies – the Commission called for … Read More

24 Jun 2022

UNHCR Global Trends Report 2021 highlights continued increases in the numbers of people forcibly displaced worldwide

On 16 June, the United Nations Human Rights Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) released its Global Trends Report 2021, reporting on forced displacement worldwide for the year 2021. UNHCR reports that 89.3 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide at the end of 2021; this figure includes refugees, internally displaced people, asylum seekers, and Venezuelans displaced abroad. While conflict is not the … Read More

24 May 2022

New scheme could significantly reduce the number of undocumented migrants living in Ireland

  Research shows that undocumented migrants can experience difficulties accessing services in Ireland. The recently introduced Regularisation of Long-Term Undocumented Migrants Scheme could significantly reduce the size of this group in Ireland. However, certain policy challenges remain, for those who do not regularise under this scheme and for future undocumented migrants. New EMN Ireland/ESRI research looks at policy on undocumented … Read More

27 Apr 2022

New study highlights challenges in current system for victims of human trafficking, including lack of suitable accommodation

  New EMN Ireland/ESRI research examines the policies and procedures in place in Ireland to detect, identify and protect non-EU national victims of human trafficking. Between 2015 and 2020, 356 people were identified by An Garda Síochána as suspected victims of human trafficking, of them approximately 59 per cent were non-EU nationals. The research is part of an EU-wide study … Read More

25 Mar 2022

EMN EU Launch Event: Study on third-country national victims of human trafficking

Third-country nationals account for more than half of the registered victims of trafficking in EU Member States. Vulnerable migrants have been reported to be at persistent risk of becoming victims of trafficking along migratory routes. Their detection and identification in mixed migration flows remains a challenge in a number of EU Member States. This can relate to tensions with the … Read More

08 Mar 2022

Changes to doctors’ immigration permissions aimed at attracting mobile talent

  Major changes to working arrangements and immigration permissions for most non-EEA doctors have been announced by the Departments of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Justice and Health. The changes are intended to make Ireland a more attractive location for doctors, to help retain medical staff and to reduce the administrative burden on doctors and their employers. From now, non-EEA doctors … Read More

04 Mar 2022

European Union enacts Temporary Protection Directive

  On 4 March 2022, the Council of the European Union enacted the Temporary Protection Directive (Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/382) in response to refugees arriving in the EU from Ukraine. The enactment of the Directive means persons fleeing the armed conflict in Ukraine will have access to ‘temporary protection’ in EU Member States. The Directive, which establishes minimum standards for … Read More

03 Mar 2022

New EMN Inform: Skills Mobility Partnerships: Exploring Innovative Approaches to Labour Migration

In 2020, the New Pact on Migration and Asylum emphasised the importance of creating new legal pathways in the context of labour migration, skills matching and addressing labour shortages.[1] In this context, and in view of unprecedented demographic changes, technological development and the growing mobility of workers, Skills Mobility Partnerships (SMPs) with third countries are being considered as part of … Read More

10 Feb 2022

New EMN-OECD inform: The use of digitalisation and artificial intelligence in migration management

Over recent years and following the increased use of digital technology during the COVID-19 pandemic, many Member States have or plan to enhance the deployment of digital services in a number of areas related to the management of migration and asylum. This joint EMN-OECD inform draws on the contributions of 24 Member States[1] and inputs from the OECD, including additional … Read More

07 Feb 2022

Update: Scheme to regularise long-term undocumented migrants opens

The scheme to regularise long-term undocumented migrants and their families opened on 31st January 2022. Online applications will be accepted for six months until 31 July 2022. The scheme will enable successful applicants, and their eligible dependants, to remain and reside in the State and to regularise their residency status. Successful applicants will receive immigration permission, access to the labour … Read More