Good news for our clients and their families

Wed, March 29, 2017

Our Legal Office Majo Rivas with Syrian family – Mohammed with his daughter, who has just arrived with her mother and younger sister. Mohammed has not seen his family in over 2 years.

Finally some good news for some of our clients!

Over the last month, we have had several positive decisions on family reunification come through for some of our clients.

Clients from places like Syria, Iraq, Congo, Somalia, Afghanistan and the Central African Republic have had letters from the Department of Justice stating that family members will be able to join them here.

Some family members have already arrived, like Mohammed’s wife and children, pictured here with our legal officer Majo Rivas.

The Impact of the International Protection Act

All of the family reunification applications that have come through in the last month were submitted prior to the commencement of the International Protection Act, 2015 on 31st December 2016.

With the commencement of the new Act, those family members – such as children over 18, elderly parents and even grandparents – would now be excluded.  We are delighted that people were able to put in applications prior to the change, but we remain concerned for extended family members who will be left behind, sometimes in the very midst of conflict, by the new legislation.

Safe Passage Urgently Needed

Humanitarian admission for extended family members is urgently needed to provide a safety net for families fleeing conflict.  Please visit our Safe Passage campaign page to find out how to support our call for a humanitarian admission programme.

We want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to clients who will be welcoming family members shortly, or who have already welcomed family.