Grants providing access to Education
Asylum seekers do not have a right to education beyond FETAC Level 4 (secondary school level). This means they have to pay non-EEA national fees to access third level and further education. The cost of enrolling in education in Ireland as a non-EEA student is prohibitive for asylum seekers.
JRS Ireland seeks to address this barrier to integration and personal development for asylum seekers by facilitating access to education through grants to participate in QQI Level 5 (and upwards) and other accredited courses through its Education Fund. In 2018 the JRS Education Fund enabled 48 adult asylum seekers to access further education and training.
JRS Ireland works with educational institutions to advocate for greater access for people in the asylum system.
This has included the development of a partnership with UCD, who have led the way in facilitating access to third level for asylum seekers and refugees, which is an essential aspect of integration.
We also work closely with local ETB’s near direct provision centres to advocate for and facilitate greater access.