Pathways to Protection and Inclusion
The Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition today (24th October 2017) launched a new policy report Pathways to Protection and Inclusion: Ireland's Role in Global Refugee Protection and Migration Movements.
The report sets out some of the major changes from an International, European and Irish perspective and outlines a range of actions for the Irish Government in order to ensure that Ireland responds responsibly and displays solidarity with the regions and persons most affected by on-going conflicts and mass displacement.
Pathways to Protection makes 13 recommendations across three thematic areas:
- Enhancing safe and legal routes for people in need of International Protection.
- Ensuring Ireland has a robust asylum and immigration system with adequate integration supports.
- Upholding humanitarian aid commitments and human rights obligations and addressing the root causes of conflict and inequality.
Speaking at the launch, JRS Ireland National Director Eugene Quinn, explained that safe and legal pathways are essential to prevent people risking their lives by taking hazardous sea crossings in unsafe boats. The report demonstrates how the Mediterranean Sea remains the most dangerous crossing on the planet, with 15,696 people having died or been reported missing since October 2013.
Reflecting on the scale of the need and the effectiveness of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme, established in September 2015 in response to the crisis, Mr. Quinn said:
At the end of a two-year period, in which Ireland committed to resettle and relocate 4,000 persons under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme, approximately one third have arrived. Ireland can and should do more by offering enhanced legal routes to safety so that men, women and children, fleeing persecution and conflict, are not forced to undertake life threatening journeys in search of refuge.
Highlighting the critical importance of resettlement, Mr. Quinn added:
We are calling on the Government to meet its outstanding relocation obligations as soon as possible, and for Ireland to respond to projected global resettlement needs by resettling 4,500 persons, forcibly displaced by war and oppression, by 2020.
Download the full report here.