As part of the Government’s response to the migration crisis in central and southern Europe, on 10th of September, 2015 the Government have established the ‘Irish Refugee Protection Programme’ (IRPP) to provide a safe haven for persons seeking international protection. Click here to read the Press Release announcing the Government decision.
A multi-faceted approach is being adopted to the implementation of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme including the following measures:
- International protection for up to 4,000 persons overall under the EU Resettlement and Relocation Programmes. It is expected that these numbers will be augmented by further family reunifications. The resettlement programme for 520 people mainly coming from Lebanon and predetermined as refugees by the UNHCR has already commenced and the first Syrian refugees have arrived. The first arrivals under the Relocation Programme are expected by year-end. The number of persons in need of international protection will be kept under review;
- A new cross-departmental Taskforce has been established. The Taskforce will be, chaired by the Department of Justice and Equality to deal with the operational and logistical aspects of the support programme. The Taskforce, which has already had its first meeting, will adopt a whole of Government approach and will work with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), religious bodies, local authorities and the Irish Red Cross to implement the Government's response to this crisis;
- Engage with the public on their pledges of support. The Irish Red Cross will lead this task;
- Establish a network of Emergency Reception and Orientation Centres for the initial reception of those arriving under the relocation programme;
- Introduce the International Protection Bill as a major priority; and
- Provide an additional package of processing resources to deal with major increases in asylum and other immigration cases, including the relocation measure, preparation for the Single Protection application process and increased enforcement across a number of areas, including removals.
A Programme Office has been established in the Department of Justice and Equality to oversee the implementation of the IRPP and to support the work of the Taskforce.
- For information on Irish Refugee Protection Programme - Expressions of Interest Sought- Click here . To see the newspaper advert, click here to download (PDF)