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14 Apr 2021

Update on temporary system for granting citizenship during COVID-19

The Department of Justice announced that almost 1,200 people have received citizenship since the opening in January 2021 of a temporary system for granting citizenship during the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary system enables citizenship applicants to complete the naturalisation process by signing a statutory declaration of loyalty. The signed statutory declaration replaces the requirement for citizenship applicants to attend citizenship ceremonies … Read More

26 Mar 2021

Ireland records 67% decrease in first-time asylum applications in 2020

Latest Eurostat figures show that Ireland received a total of 1,535 first-time asylum applications in 2020, a decrease of 67% when compared to 4,740 applications made in 2019. Ireland made a total of 1,275 first-time decisions in 2020. Of these decisions, there were 620 grants of refugee status, 120 grants of subsidiary protection and 200 grants of humanitarian status. Approximately … Read More

26 Mar 2021

Changes to requirements for children to acquire Irish citizenship planned

The Department of Justice has announced that the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021 will contain new provisions on the naturalisation of children born in Ireland, whose parents are not Irish citizens and who are not entitled to citizenship at birth. According to the changes, the number of years a child born in Ireland, who is not entitled to citizenship … Read More

16 Mar 2021

Informal European Council meetings of Ministers of Home Affairs and Ministers of Foreign Affairs

On 11th and 12th of March, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee attended informal meetings of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers, where the retention of electronic communication data was discussed. The Presidency provided an update on the current state of play and way ahead in relation to the Pact on Migration and Asylum and an exchange of views was held on … Read More

12 Mar 2021

Georgia and the Republic of Moldova join the European Migration Network with observer status

The European Migration Network (EMN) has announced the addition of Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, both with observer status, to the EMN. This is the first time that participation in the EMN has been extended outside of the  European Economic Area (EEA).  Agreed working arrangements  establish the conditions of the cooperation between the European Commission and Georgia and Moldova … Read More

04 Mar 2021

New migration and asylum measures introduced in response to COVID-19: 2021

Recent developments  On 23rd March, the Immigration Service Delivery updated its FAQ document on the ‘Impact of Covid-19 on Immigration and International Protection’ explaining the most recent updates to asylum and migration services in Ireland. Citizenship, immigration registration and permissions On 26th March, the Department of Justice announced that immigration permissions due to expire between 21st April and 20 September … Read More

26 Feb 2021

White Paper to End Direct Provision and Establish a New International Protection Support Service published

The White Paper to End Direct Provision and to Establish a New International Protection Support Service has been published by the Department of Justice. The White Paper sets out the Government’s approach to fulfilling the commitment in the Programme for Government 2020 to end direct provision and replace it with “a new International Protection accommodation policy centred on a not-for-profit … Read More

25 Feb 2021

Department of Justice Plan 2021 and Statement of Strategy published

The recently published Justice Plan 2021 and a wider three-year Department of Justice Statement of Strategy, 2021-2023 contain five goals. One of these is the “delivery of a fair immigration system for a digital age”. A total of 43 direct actions fall under this goal for 2021. According to the Statement of Strategy, the Department of Justice plans to: develop a … Read More

02 Feb 2021

CJEU Ruling: Asylum applicants subject to Dublin transfer decisions should not be excluded from access to the labour market

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on 14th January 2021 published its ruling on two preliminary references from Ireland (joined cases C-322/19 and C-385/19) concerning access to the labour market for applicants for international protection subject to Dublin transfer decisions. KS, MHK, RAT and DS applied for international protection in Ireland between 2015 and 2018. They were … Read More

28 Jan 2021

Reduced waiting period for international protection applicants to access work announced

The Department of Justice has announced new measures that will allow international protection applicants to seek access to the labour market six months after they make their application. Previously, applicants had to wait nine months after making their international protection application before applying for permission to work. Furthermore, an applicant’s permission to work will now last for 12 months, rather … Read More