Immigration Detention & Border Control in Ireland: Revisiting Irish Law, Policy and Practice

Nasc has published a ground-breaking examination of the two overlapping areas of immigration-related detention and border control practices, in particular treatment of those refused permission the enter the territory (‘refused leave to land’). The report is based on over two years of research, which included interviews with migrants and asylum seekers detained due to refusals of of leave to land, as well as those detained as protection applicants and pending deportation.  The report takes as its starting point Mark Kelly’s seminal research on the area of immigration related detention in Ireland, which was first published in 2005.



Working Paper on the Progress of Implementation on the McMahon Report

Nasc has published a ‘Working Paper on the Progress of Implementation of the McMahon Report‘. This report is an audit of the Government’s progress on implementing the recommendations in the McMahon Report on improvements to the protection process and direct provision. To read our statement on the publication of the Working Paper, click here.




Anti-Racism Training Pack for Schools 

The Anti-Racism Training Pack for Schools  was designed as part of the “Cork City Social Inclusion Project” in collaboration with an anti-racism youth group which met at Nasc during the summer of 2014. This youth group highlighted areas which were of particular importance for young people and, with the assistance of filmmaker Sam Whelan-Curtin, they developed an anti-racism DVD which is included in the training pack.  The objective of the toolkit is to provide information about racism and discrimination, how it impacts us, and how to tackle it. It includes information about a range of issues and also group exercises and activities for students to take part in. The issues covered include: human rights, the meaning of racism, racism in schools, and online hate speech.  If you are interested in receiving a copy of the toolkit, please email




Person or Number 2: A Second Examination of Issues faced by Immigrants Accessing Social Protection

Person or Number? 2 is a follow on to the 2012 report, Person or Number. Person or Number? 2 was jointly compiled by Nasc, Crosscare Migrant Project, FLAC, Doras Luimni, and Dublin City Citizens Information Service. Four years on from the first cases studies gathered for Person or Number?, NGOs continue to assist migrants with persisting issues and challenges in accessing social protection. Person or Number? 2 contains new research and new case studies which were examined in 2014 to evaluate the situation currently for migrants accessing or attempting to access support from the state. The findings and the recommendations were unveiled at the report launch in Dublin on 20 January 2015. The report was launched by Minister for State Aodhan O Riordain.



What’s Food Got to Do With It? Food Experiences of Asylum Seekers in Direct Provision

What’s Food Got to Do With It? documents the food issues asylum seekers experience living in direct provision, the accommodation system set up to house asylum seekers while their applications for refugee status are pending. The report is based on a research study which was conducted by Keelin Barry for a Masters in Public Health thesis in 2011 with the support of Nasc. As part of the research, Keelin interviewed asylum seekers living in direct provision accommodation centres in Cork City about their experiences with food. Main finding include: asylum seekers describe the food in direct provision as inedible, monotonous, too strictly regulated and culturally inappropriate; it does not represent the cultural and religious needs of residents; and it has a negative impact on the health and well-being families and children particularly. The report was launched by John McKenna, food critic and author of McKenna’s Guides in May 2014 in Nasc.




In From the Margins – Roma in Ireland

In From the Margins – Roma in Ireland: Addressing the Structural Discrimination of the Roma Community in Ireland is a comprehensive and groundbreaking examination of the discrimination the Roma community experiences living in Ireland.  The findings in the report are based on over two years of legal case work with members of the Roma community in Cork, as well as focus groups, interviews and questionnaires.  The report looks at the legislative and policy frameworks in the EU and Ireland to examine their effectiveness in tackling discrimination and promoting equality. The report identifies the often subtle and complex barriers to integration that Roma experience and critically assesses whether Ireland’s progressive equality legislation adequately addresses the discrimination of vulnerable minorities. The report was launched on 28 May 2013 in Buswell’s Hotel in Dublin.



Stop the Silence: A Snapshot of Racism in Cork

Stop the Silence: A Snapshot of Racism in Cork was compiled by our former Racist Reporting Officer Simon Prim, based on Nasc’s racist reporting mechanism, a third party mechanism designed to give victims and witnesses the opportunity to report a racist or racially motivated incident confidentially and to receive support in making an official report to An Garda Síochána if the incident is deemed to be a crime.  As part of the research for the report, Nasc also conducted a ‘snapshot’ survey on racism in Cork which was used to get a sense for people’s attitudes to and experiences of racism in Cork.  The report was launched by GAA star Seán Óg Ó hAilpín on 27th November 2012.



Person or Number? Issues faced by Immigrants Accessing Social Protection, a ‘snapshot’ of 54 cases presenting to NGOs across Ireland

Person or Number is a 2012 publication, jointly compiled by Nasc, Crosscare Migrant Project and Doras Luimní.  The report, which examines the barriers experienced by immigrant residents of Ireland when they apply for social protection was launched by Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, TD and Noeline Blackwell, Director of FLAC, the Free Legal Advice Centre, on 21 February 2012.

It is based on a sample of the experiences of 54 immigrant applicants accessing social protection, which were provided by six NGOs nationwide. In direct response to the report, Minister Burton committed to establishing a stakeholder forum which will see senior members of her Department meeting with organisations working with migrants to seek solutions to issues raised in the report.



Living in Limbo: Migrants’ Experiences of Naturalisation in Ireland, describes how Ireland’s long-term residents are kept in state of perpetual uncertainty by the State’s immigration and naturalisation system.

A joint publication of the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, Living in Limbo was first published in 2011 and relaunched in Cork in 2012 at a conference chaired by Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness.



Nasc and the  Cork City Partnership worked together from late 2009 to plan a review of Connecting Communities: The Cork City Integration Strategy 2008 – 2011.

The review allowed us to assess whether the strategies and actions outlined in the CCIS should be reassessed in the current economic climate, and to ensure that integration remains a policy priority for the various service-providers and decision-makers. Connecting Communities: Mid Term Review is the result of this review. It includes  the results of the CCIS Integration Survey 2010, a survey conducted with immigrant and non-immigrant residents of Cork city.



Diverse Cultures One Workplace
 is a self-guided powerpoint introduction to equality and diversity in the workplace. Download it to learn what the law requires from you as an employer and what you can do to harness the energy of a diverse workplace.



Integrating the Future: Nasc’s Strategy on Access to Employment, Education and Enterprise for Migrants in Cork outlines Nasc’s strategy for improving access to employment, education and enterprise for migrants in Cork.

It contains an analysis of current issues in each of three key areas: employment, education and enterprise. The strategic recommendations contained in the document are aimed at Government, statutory bodies, educational institutions, employers, community and voluntary groups.



A Guide for Migrants in Cork: Employment, Enterprise and Education is intended to assist all migrants who have an interest in employment, education and enterprise.

It outlines the entitlements of migrants based on their legal status (e.g. refugee, employment permit, international student) and offers practical advice on how to find a job or where to look for information on entering education or setting up a business.

This document is available to download in EnglishPolishFrenchArabicMandarin and Russian.



 Hidden Cork: The Perspectives of Asylum Seekers on Direct Provision and the Asylum Legal System  is a report that stems from research carried out in late 2007 focusing on the experiences of asylum seekers in the Cork region.

The report is primarily concerned with the interaction which asylum seekers have with the state while claiming asylum and with experiences of living in “Direct Provision”.



Evaluating the Barriers to Employment and Education for Migrants in Cork is an independent report focused on uncovering the various barriers to employment encountered by migrants.

A total of 68 people were interviewed including migrants, employers and service providers. The report was completed in late 2007 and was used to inform some of the recommendations for Nasc’s ‘Integrating the Future’ strategy.



A Safe Harbour is a collection of writing by asylum-seekers and refugees living in Cork. Rosemary Canavan facilitated the  writers’ group and edited the publication.

Published by Nasc in association with the Triskel Arts Centre and the Cork 2005 Credit Union Residencies Programme, in partnership with the Arts Council and Cork City and County Councils.

Copies of A Safe Harbour are available from our office on Ferry Lane, off Dominick Street.




Recent Submissions

NGO Alliance Against Racism Shadow Report to CERD – January 2011

Universal Periodic Review – October 2011

Joint UPR Submission with Doras Luimni and Irish Refugee Council – March 2011

Submission on the merger of Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) and the Equality Authority – November 2011

UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – November 2011

Communication to the Irish Government and to the EU Commission (Justice) regarding Ireland’s first National Traveller/ Roma Integration Strategy – May 2012

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality & Defence Review of Prostitution Legislation (Written) – August 2012

Committee on the Rights of the Child ‘Day of General Discussion on Rights of Children in the Context of International Migration’ – September 2012

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Equality, Justice and Defence on the Review of prostitution legislation (Oral) – December 2012

Garda Policing Plan 2013 – February 2013

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications and Transport on Social Media and Cyberbullying – March 2013

Contribution to OHCHR Anti-Discrimination Database – March 2013

Submission to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality and Defence on Domestic Violence – May 2013

Submission to Justice Committee on Integration, Multiculturalism and Combating Racism – October 2013

Internet Content Advisory Group Submission on online racism – March 2014

Submission to the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration on Migrant Integration Policy – May 2014

Submission to FLAC’s Shadow report on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – May 2014

Submission to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on Employment Permits Bill 2014 – June 2014

Request for Information on Immigration related Detention from European Committee for the Prevention of Torture – June 2014

Submission to Minister for Justice on Direct Provision and Ireland’s Protection System – September 2014

Submission to the Department of Education and Skills on the new Statement of Strategy 2015 – 2017 – October 2014

Submission to the European Commission on Racism and Intolerance on Ireland 4th Report Interim Follow Up – March 2015

Submission to the Justice Committee on the International Protection Bill – May 2015

Submission to the National Traveller and Roma Integration Strategy Steering Committee on the development of a revised Strategy – June 2015

Submission to the Cork City Joint Policing Committee on their Six Year Strategy – November 2015

Recommendations and Amendments on International Protection Bill, 2015 – November 2015

Submission to the Justice Committee on Safe Passage – September 2016

Statement to the Justice Committee on Safe Passage – November 2016

Submission to IHREC on Ireland’s 6th & 7th CEDAW Periodic Reviews – September 2016

Submission to Department of Jobs & Enterprise Review of HSEOL-ICEL – April 2017

Submission on Access to the Labour Market for Protection Applicants – May 2018

Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice & Equality on the International Protection (Family Reunification) (Amendment) Bill 2017 – February 2019

Submission to the Department of Housing on Electoral Registration Reform – March 2019

Submission to the Public Commission on the Establishment of an Electoral Commission – March 2019