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Immigration Residence & Protection Bill (Archive)

The International Protection Bill 2015

In 2015, the Coalition Government split off the Protection elements of the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill, 2010 and published the General Scheme for the International Protection Bill, 2015.

This move formed part of the Government’s commitment to “treat asylum seekers with the humanity they deserve,” which also included setting up a Working Group on the Protection Process and Direct Provision to recommend reforms which would “show greater respect for the dignity of the persons in the system”.  The Working Group Report was published in June 2015 and is available here.

Nasc made a submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defense and Equality on the Heads of Bill, which can be viewed here. The Justice Committee published their Interim Report in July 2015, which can be viewed here.

The Bill is expected to be published in September 2015.  The remainder of the Immigration and Residency related issues remain in limbo, waiting to be re-drafted.

The Immigration Residence and Protection Bill 2010

In 2010, a coalition of eight human rights organisations prepared a Briefing paper on the previous government’s Immigration Residence & Protection Bill of 2010. The key concerns in the Briefing Paper are outlined here.

Click on this link to read Nasc’s own detailed Submission on key elements of the IRP Bill 2010.