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As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.
w2eu.info – Welcome to Europe
This hyperlink –w2eu.info – leads to an independent source of information for refugees coming to Europe. w2eu.info might be useful on their journey to and through Europe by giving access to counseling and useful contacts in different European countries.
Irish Refugee Council
Legal Aid Board
North Quay House, Popes Quay, Cork
Tel: +353 (0)2 14 55 46 34
Fax: +353 (0)2 14 55 76 22
48/49 North Brunswick Street, Georges Lane, Dublin 7
Tel: +353 (0)1 64 69 600
Fax: +353 (0)1 67 10 200
Seville House, New Dock Road, Galway
Tel: +353 (0)9 15 62 480
Fax: +353 (0)9 15 62 599
The RLS provides a service to asylum seekers at all stages of the asylum process. If you are applying for asylum in Ireland, you can obtain legal advice and assistance from the RLS to assist you with your application. You may register with the RLS at any stage of the asylum process, but the earlier you apply for legal services the better. They can assist with asylum applications (before submitting your questionnaire to the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner or before you attend your interview in the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner); Appeals (Representation before the Refugee Appeals Tribunal); Refugee status refusals (Assistance in submitting applications for Leave to Remain); Assistance in relation to an application for subsidiary protection; Advice in relation to deportation orders and judicial review; and representation if you are detained in the District Court under Section 9(8) of the Refugee Act.
They can also provide interpreters for appointments with your solicitor. As well as the three main offices, the RLS also run free legal aid information clinics for refugees in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Ennis (Co. Clare), Athlone (Co. Westmeath), Sligo, Tralee (co. Kerry), and Stillorgan (Co. Dublin).
Amnesty International (Ireland Section)
Sean MacBride House
48 Fleet Street, Dublin 2.
Tel.: (1) 677 6361
Fax: (1) 645 8031
Cairde (Challenging Ethnic Minority Health Inequalities)
Cairde is a community development organisation working to tackle health inequalities among ethnic minority communities by improving ethnic minority access to health services, and ethnic minority participation in health planning and delivery. Cairde aims over the next three to four years to implement actions which will be seen to have a measurable impact on the delivery of primary health care to a selected number of disadvantaged ethnic minority communities in Dublin. Cairde works with disadvantaged ethnic minority communities from the continent of Africa; Eastern Europe and the Baltic states.
Jesuit Refugee Service (Ireland)
36 Lower Lesson Street,
Tel: +353 (1) 676 84 08
Fax: +353 (1) 676 29 84
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international non-governmental organisation, founded in 1980. Our mission is to accompany, to serve and to advocate the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced persons worldwide. JRS programmes are found in over 50 countries, providing assistance to refugees in camps, to people displaced within their own country, to asylum seekers in cities and those in detention.
- To promote improvements in the reception and integration of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.
- To support non-Irish nationals who are in detention under immigration legislation.
- To advocate for a more just immigration system and asylum process.
- To foster a more positive public image of asylum seekers and migrants in Ireland and deepen public understanding of asylum and migration issues.
- To support the work of JRS Europe, the JRS International Office and JRS projects on the ground worldwide.
We provide assistance to persons seeking asylum through direct outreach, language classes and psychosocial support.
We visit immigration detainees, organise training for detention visitors and advocate for more just detention policies.
We work to bring about positive structural changes within the Irish asylum and immigration system and advocate for policies and practices that directly benefit refugees, asylum seekers and the forcibly displaced in Ireland and beyond.
Nasc, Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre
34 Paul Street, Cork City, Ireland
Tel.: +353 21 427 3594
Nasc is an NGO based in Cork City. Nasc, the Irish word for ‘link’, empowers migrants to realise and fulfil their rights. Nasc works with migrants and refugees to advocate and lead for change within Ireland’s immigration and protection systems, to ensure fairness, access to justice and the protection of human rights. Our goal is to realise the rights of all migrants and refugees within Irish society.
Rape Crisis Centre
McGonnell House, 70 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, D02 VW13, Ireland
Spirasi (Medical Programme for Survivors of Torture)
231 North Circular Road, Dublin 7.
Tel.: +353 (1) 838 9664 / +353 (1) 868 3504
Fax: +353 (1) 868 6500
SPIRASI has been working with survivors of torture since early 2001 and is the only specialist centre in Ireland for the care and rehabilitation of survivors of torture and severe trauma. We are a member of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) since May 2003. SPIRASI aims to rehabilitate survivors of torture with the help of our medical doctors, psychologists, therapists and psycho-social workers by providing medical, therapeutic and social assistance. We see integration as an important part of our clients’ rehabilitation. SPIRASI provides free English, numeracy and IT classes, which are open not just to survivors of torture but refugees and asylum seekers as well. SPIRASI also works to protect survivors of torture from the threat of refoulement, which means the forced return of a person to a country where they face persecution. Since SPIRASI began caring for survivors of torture, we have provided help to over 3,600 clients. The total number of nationalities seen to date is 117, the majority of these come from African countries, but with an increasing number of clients coming from the Middle East in recent years.
Vincentian Refugee Centre
Tel.: +353 (1) 810 2580
Fax: +353 (1) 838 9950
ANTI-FGM/C ORGANISATIONS IN IRELAND
Akina Dada wa Africa (AkiDwA)
Tel.: +353 (0)1 8349851
AkiDwA (Swahili for sisterhood) is an authoritative, minority ethnic-led national network of African and migrant women living in Ireland. The organisation was established in 2001 by a group of African women to address, isolation, racism and Gender Based Violence that the women were experiencing at the time. As part of their work on GBV, which includes FGM/C, they also raise awareness on FGM/C in Ireland and collaborate with other organisations to end the practice.