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.
This is achieved through research, development of discussion papers, policy submissions and direct engagement with policy makers.
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 work on in Ireland are asylum and migration; detention; integration; legislative reform and racism.
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.