1. Access to Social Welfare for Migrants
2. Social Housing for Non-EEA Nationals
For more information on how Nasc campaigns on behalf of migrants for Social Protection issues, see our Campaign Page.
For all social welfare payments, you must satisfy the specific personal circumstances that are set out in the rules for each scheme. This can include: Habitual Residence and Availability to Work. FLAC provides a great checklist for applying for a social welfare payment, which can be downloaded from their website.
Nasc does not provide legal advice in relation to initial applications for social welfare payments. If you have questions about social welfare, please contact your local Citizens Information Centre, ring the CIC Phoneline at 0761 07 4000 or visit their website.
If you have questions about the Habitual Residence Condition (HRC), FLAC provides a comprehensive guide to the HRC on their website.
If you believe you are entitled to a particular scheme and have been turned down for an immigration-related reason, you can also view FLAC’s guide to the Social Welfare Appeals process here or call into Nasc’s Legal Service.
If you feel like you have been discriminated against in accessing Social Protection or experienced racism of any type, you can report it to Nasc. See here for more information.
The guidelines surrounding access to social housing support for non-Irish nationals have been substantially revised. We welcome the new rules, which are much fairer and which should see an end to discrimination against long-term residents from outside the EEA. The rules are contained in Circular 47 2012. We would advise any applicants who believe that they have been unfairly refused in the past to reapply for social housing immediately. If you are refused under the new rules, do please call into our Legal Service.
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