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17 May 2021

Guide to Opening Bank Accounts for international protection applicants and people with status published

A new Guide to Opening Bank Accounts that will make it easier for international protection applicants and people with status to open bank accounts has been published by the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI). The guide states that banks in Ireland welcome international protection applicants as banking customers and will now accept temporary residence certificates (TRCs) as proof of … Read More

11 May 2021

Proposal for revised National Referral Mechanism for victims of trafficking in human beings approved

The Government has approved plans for a revised National Referral Mechanism (NRM) to make it easier for human trafficking victims to come forward and be supported. The revised proposal acknowledges that in addition to An Garda Síochána, other state bodies and NGOs can play a role in identifying victims of human trafficking and referring them to the NRM. Currently the … Read More

10 May 2021

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

Recent developments  On 22nd April, 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 6th May, the Department of Justice announced that the Registration Office at Burgh Quay will reopen to customers living in … Read More

30 Apr 2021

New EMN and OECD Inform on the Impact of COVID-19 on migration and asylum

The European Migration Network and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have published an Umbrella Inform on the Impact of COVID-19 on migration and asylum in EU Member States and non-EU OECD countries in 2020. The Umbrella Inform covers the period March – December 2020 and provides updates on a range of topics, including changes in border procedures, provision … Read More

27 Apr 2021

Ombudsman for Children publishes report on The Safety and Wellbeing of Children in Direct Provision

The Ombudsman for Children has published The Safety and Wellbeing of Children in Direct Provision report. The report outlines the findings of an ‘own volition’ investigation initiated by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office in February 2018 into the quality of oversight of direct provision centres by the State, with a specific focus on the protection and welfare of children. The … Read More

27 Apr 2021

European Commission publishes the first EU Strategy on voluntary return and reintegration

The European Commission has published the first EU Strategy on voluntary return and reintegration. The Strategy sets out to develop a more uniform and coordinated approach among Member States to better realise the potential of voluntary return and reintegration, and to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of the common EU system for returns for the mutual benefit of the returnees, … Read More

26 Apr 2021

Proposals for scheme to regularise undocumented migrants announced

Draft proposals for the scheme to regularise thousands of undocumented migrants in Ireland have been outlined to Cabinet and consultation with stakeholders is underway. Initial proposals for the scheme envision that people with a period of 4 years residence in the State without an immigration permission, or 3 years in the case of those with children would be granted an … Read More

21 Apr 2021

Interim report of the Anti-Racism Committee published and public consultation opened

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth has published the Interim Report of the independent Anti-Racism Committee. The report, which forms part of the development of a new National Action Plan against Racism for Ireland, outlines the approach the Committee is taking to its work, introduces guiding principles and understandings of racism, summarises the societal and policy context … Read More

19 Apr 2021

General Scheme of new hate crime legislation published

The Department of Justice has secured approval from Government Ministers to introduce new hate crime legislation in Ireland. The General Scheme of the Criminal Justice (Hate Crime) Bill 2021 creates new forms of certain existing criminal offences, where those offences are motivated by prejudice against a protected characteristic, such as race, colour, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, … Read More

14 Apr 2021

European Commission publishes new Strategy on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings

The European Commission has published a new Strategy on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings (2021-2025). The strategy highlights the importance of reducing demand that fosters trafficking; breaking the business model of traffickers; protecting, supporting, and empowering the victims with a specific focus on women and children; and promoting international cooperation. It calls for a comprehensive response to the problem from … Read More

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

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