Advocacy

JRS Ireland advocates to bring about positive structural change within the Irish asylum and immigration system that directly benefits asylum seekers, refugees and the forcibly displaced.  JRS also advocates at the regional and international levels to both address the immediate needs of displaced persons and improve the policies and procedures applied to those individuals and groups seeking international protection. 

At every level, JRS advocacy is linked to, and dependent upon, the knowledge and understanding derived from our close relationship with asylum seekers themselves. The main issues that JRS works on in Ireland are asylum and migration; detention; integration; legislative reform and racism.

National

JRS Ireland is actively seeking positive structural changes in the following areas:

  • Asylum System Reform: Full Implementation of the McMahon Report.
  • Length of Time: Responding to the re-occurrence of delays in the decision making process. 
  • Right to Work: Seeking meaningful and effective access to the labour marker for protection applicants. 
  • EU Refugee Crisis: Enhancing Ireland's response to the EU Refugee and Migrant Crisis. 
  • Integration: Seeking the equal provision of supports to persons granted protection in Ireland, regardless of their method of arrival into the State.

Visit our Policy Page to learn more.

International

Internationally, JRS runs campaigns focusing on urban refugees, access to education, refugee women, Somali refugees, hospitality, Haiti and forgotten refugees.  In response to the crisis in Syria, JRS Ireland has prioritised support for JRS International efforts to provide emergency relief to those in greatest need.

In response to the crisis in Syria, JRS Ireland has prioritised support for JRS International efforts to provide emergency relief to those in greatest need.

The conflict has already resulted in over 5.6 million Syrian refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries and in excess of 6.1 million persons displaced within Syria itself.

JRS is on the ground distributing emergency relief to those in greatest need and running educational activities to promote reconciliation and peaceful co-existence.  In Damascus, Homs, and Aleppo, staff and volunteers are currently providing food support, hygiene kits, basic healthcare, shelter management and rent support.  However, the needs of the growing number of internally displaced persons and refugees cannot be met by NGOs, the Syrian state or neighbouring countries alone.

In Ireland, JRS continues to call on the Government to enhance Ireland's existing resettlement commitments and explore scaling up safe and legal ways to facilitate greater access to protection in Ireland. This commitment would ensure Ireland is providing positive leadership in responding to the worst refugee crisis in nearly 20 years.

National Networks

JRS Ireland works in partnership with individuals, organisations and networks throughout Ireland in order to best meet the needs of asylum seekers, avoid duplication of services and bring added value to the apostolic work of the Jesuits in Ireland.

JRS is an active member of the Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition, which seeks to advance the rights and dignity of people on the move and those in need of international protection. 

As part of our mission to challenge racism in all its forms, JRS also supports the work of the Irish Network Against Racism (ENAR Ireland). A key initiative coordinated by ENAR Ireland is iReport - a reporting system for the people, communities and organisations of Ireland to document incidents of a racist nature that are occurring nationwide. To find out more, visit ENAR Ireland.

 

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