WHAT WE DO AND WHY WE DO IT
Nasc works for an integrated society based on the principles of human rights, social justice and equality
PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS
REUNITING FAMILIES: FATIMA'S STORY
Fatima is a mother of five. She was separated from her family during the war in Somalia. Fatima fled to Ireland and attained refugee status. Nasc submitted an application for family reunification on behalf of Fatima. Fatima's family had been traced to the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya by UNHCR. The camp was experiencing a severe famine at the time. Each night Fatima's family sent her a missed call-this was their only way of telling her that they lived through the night. Nasc was able to reunite Fatima, her children and sister. These applications usually take two to three years but we were able to secure permission for Fatima within six months.
Fatima from Somalia
CONNECTING COMMUNITIES, TACKLING RACISM & DISCRIMINATION
Nasc is the lead agency in Cork charged with designing and implementing the Cork City Integration Strategy. We are working to achieve a shared vision of Cork as a city that values diversity and promotes equality of opportunity for all migrants and their families. We believe that migrants can contribute to our economic recovery. We also work with the Gardai to tackle racism and discrimination both locally and nationally.
CAMPAIGNING FOR CHANGE
BECOMING A CITIZEN: MR AL BASARI'S STORY
Mr Al Basari is an artist and meteorologist. He fled the war in Iraq as an elderly gentleman and sought refuge in Ireland. Mr Al Basari and many like him spent many years waiting for citizenship. One of Nasc's major focuses in recent years was co-leading a campaign to reform the torturously long and inefficient naturalisation process. Change was finally achieved last year when the current minister announced a radical overhaul of the system. It was Mr Al Basari's dream to become a citizen of Ireland before he died. We are delighted to report that he was conferred at a formal cere-mony in Cork last December.
"Nasc is caring for us from the first day we arrived Ireland. It is really a kind of mother for all refugees."Mr Al Basari from Iraq