Wicklow Community Sponsorship Project

Sat, June 23, 2018

Between 2015 and 2018, Nasc worked closely with a voluntary community group in Wicklow – Wicklow Syria Appeal – to bring a Syrian refugee family to come live in Wicklow under a pilot community sponsorship project. The family arrived to Ireland through refugee family reunification.

For two and a half years, Nasc and the WSA worked together to support the family’s arrival to Ireland. Nasc provided legal advice and support to the family throughout the family reunification application process, and secured the necessary resources and travel documents required to come to Ireland. WSA secured a private rented house for the family and prepared the Wicklow community for the arrival of the Syrian family by raising awareness at events and on social media. Once the family arrived, WSA intensively supported the family to integrate and rebuild their lives as part of the Wicklow Community.

This was a unique and innovative collaborative project – the first of its kind in Ireland. We believe it can become a positive model for other communities across Ireland to develop similar projects to welcome refugees. It can also become a model to support the Government in developing community sponsorship nationally.

For more information about the Nasc & Wicklow Syria Appeal Community Sponsorship project, click here and here.