Migration and Protection must be priorities for new Government

Fri, May 6, 2016

NascLogoNew“Given the current humanitarian crisis, migration and protection must be priority issues for the new Programme for Government,” states Nasc CEO Fiona Finn.

“After the debate in the Dáil last week about the refugee crisis in Europe, it is clear that the majority of TDs support Ireland taking a lead in supporting the million plus people currently seeking protection and safety in Europe. Now is the opportunity for those lofty words to be turned into solid commitments to act.”

“These are the defining issues of our time. Migration and displacement as a result of violence, poverty, starvation, persecution and climate change is our new global reality – our new Programme for Government must reflect that.”

Nasc has contacted TDs and Ministers to call for the inclusion of the following points in the new Programme for Government:

  1. Reforms to immigration legislation and policy, to ensure that migrants have access to justice and rights, including:
    1. The introduction of an independent appeals mechanism for immigration decisions;
    2. A statutory framework facilitating family reunification for all legal residents, including Irish citizens;
    3. The establishment of a permanent residency status
  1. Support refugees and asylum seekers who are seeking protection in Ireland and Europe, by:
    1. Promoting safe and legal migration channels into Ireland and Europe, for example a new Humanitarian Admission Programme for Syrians;
    2. Strengthening Ireland’s support of the globally displaced by adequately implementing and resourcing the Refugee Protection Programme;
    3. Ensuring that the people currently in the asylum and direct provision systems are not forgotten, by implementing in full the recommendations in the Report of the Working Group on the Protection Process and Direct Provision?
  1. Promote integration and combat racism and other hate motivated crimes by:
    1. Introducing of hate crime legislation;
    2. Ensuring that the measures outlined in the upcoming National Integration Strategy are implemented and adequately resourced;
    3. Legislation and flanking measures to proscribe ethnic profiling by state agencies and bodies

To support Nasc’s call, please contact your local TDs and Senators today and tell them that it is urgent that migration and protection be prioritised in the new Government.