Safe Passage

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Support #safepassage to reunite families fleeing conflict

Please click HERE to sign the petition calling on Minister Fitzgerald to implement #SafePassage!

On World Refugee Day 2016, Nasc launched a new campaign – Safe Passage – to call on the Irish Government to introduce a humanitarian admission programme for families fleeing conflict.

Nasc is calling on the Department of Justice to introduce humanitarian admission for families fleeing conflict

  1. Introduce a Humanitarian Admission Programme for Irish citizens, beneficiaries of international protection and/or legal residents, to apply for family reunification for extended family members fleeing conflict zones. The model here could be the Syrian Humanitarian Admission Programme (SHAP) introduced for a short period by then Minister for Justice Alan Shatter in 2014.
  2. Allow members of Irish society to co-sponsor family reunification applications. This would allow Irish citizens, community and faith based groups, charities and NGOs, business, and universities to support a family reunification application, providing financial, social and institutional backing and thus improving a person’s opportunities for integration. This co-sponsorship aspect allows the Irish government to harness the outpouring of support and goodwill coming from Irish society in support of those fleeing conflict, while also easing the financial burden on the host family in Ireland and on the Government to provide for those who have newly arrived.

Support Nasc’s campaign to provide #SafePassage for families fleeing conflict #wemustdomore #refugeeswelcome 

Watch Nasc’s new campaign video ‘Ibrahim – A family reunification story’

Ibrahim – A family reunification story from Nasc Ireland on Vimeo.

TAKE ACTION: Please take action now to call on the Government to introduce humanitarian admission to reunite families fleeing conflict.

What Can You Do:  

  1. Contact your local politicians.  You can send an email to TDs and Senators here.
  2. Sign the Petition
  3. Sign up here to volunteer
  4. Get your organisation to officially endorse the campaign
  5. Get some more ideas here

THE CONTEXT: We are currently witnessing the largest global humanitarian crisis the world has seen since the end of World War II. The majority of us want to do something to help. That is a testament to our humanity, our goodness and our belief that we can make a difference. It is a tribute to who we are and the Ireland our ancestors fought to make a reality a centenary ago.

But the reality is that most of us do not know what to do. And the Irish Government’s response to date, to take 4,000 refugees and asylum seekers over two years, while commendable, is simply not enough to account for the millions who are displaced worldwide, or the thousands of children that now live at risk throughout Europe. And it does not even begin to account for those who have been forced to remain in conflict zones – Syria, Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan, Eritrea. And the list goes on.

Syrians and other refugees, migrants and naturalised citizens living in Ireland still have family fighting for survival that they desperately want to bring here to safety. They are willing and able to provide for their family members when they arrive, so that they will not become a burden on the State. For many, there is no pathway to do this. Humanitarian admission is urgently required.

Nasc has a pragmatic, cost effective and durable solution that will provide a humanitarian safety net, to bring families together in a safe a legal way, to remove the need for people to undertake dangerous sea or land crossings, and stop the traffickers who profit from this human misery. It also provides an opportunity for Irish communities to finally do something positive to support those fleeing conflict, by sponsoring a family reunification application and supporting a family in need.

Nasc is calling on the Irish government to immediately implement a Humanitarian Admission Scheme for people who are legally resident, beneficiaries of international protection or citizens of Ireland, to enable them to bring extended family members currently fleeing conflict zones to safety in Ireland.

ADDITIONAL INFO: To find out more about our proposed scheme, please read our Detailed Submission to the Justice Committee (September 2016) here and our updated Policy Brief here.

Watch and share Nasc’s powerful video highlighting one Syrian man’s story of hope:

MEDIA: Read a recent opinion piece on the need for humanitarian admission in the Cork Independent here. To read our Press Release covering the launch of the Campaign, click here. Click here to read an Opinion Piece on the launch by Nasc’s Jennifer DeWan, here to read the Irish Times coverage of the launch of our campaign, and here for IrishTV’s interviews with Irish residents trying to bring family members to safety.

ENDORSEMENTS: We are asking organisations to support our call for humanitarian admission through officially endorsing the campaign.  If you or your organisation are interested in endorsing Safe Passage and want to find out how, please email jennifer@nascireland.org.

New endorsements include Barnardos IrelandCrosscare Migrant Project, ActionAid, Immigrant Council of IrelandDoras Luimni and ATD Ireland – for more info click here.

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Special thanks to artist Marc Corrigan (www.marccorrigan.com) who designed our campaign materials.

This campaign is funded by CORI – Conference of Religious of Ireland and the Irish Missionary Union.  

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