Irish NGO Coalition welcomes Government announcement to respond to refugee crisis as a positive first step

13 september 2015

Irish NGO Coalition Statement on Refugee Crisis

10 September 2015

Coalition of NGOs welcomes Government announcement to respond to refugee crisis as a positive first step 

We welcome the government's commitment to establish an Irish Refugee Protection Programme to provide safe haven for persons seeking international protection.

We also welcome the initiative to accept increased numbers  under the Resettlement & Relocation Programmes as a positive first step; however, a great deal more must be done by Ireland and by other European Member States to respond to the severity and scale of the crisis.

This initiative is reflective of the spirit of generosity that the Irish public have demonstrated and their willingness to be an active part of proposed solutions and responses. It will be important the Government consult with civil society and refugee representatives to ensure public support and generosity is incorporated into plans.

Ireland has an important opportunity to show leadership at an extraordinary meeting of the EU Council of Justice & Home Affairs (JHA) Ministers on September 14th. Member States must work together to develop a comprehensive European plan that provides safe and legal channels of migration and an emphasis on addressing the root causes such as the situation in Syria.

The Coalition and a wide network of supporters will  create a human "Refugees Welcome" aerial photograph on Sandymount Strand in Dublin, this Sunday at 2.30pm. All are welcome at this family-friendly event and more information is available here.

Signed:

ActionAid Ireland

Comhlámh

Christian Aid Ireland

Community Workers’ Co-operative

CORI (Conference of Religious in Ireland)

Crosscare Migrant and Refugee Project

Dóchas

European Network against Racism (ENAR) Ireland

Immigrant Council of Ireland

Irish Missionary Union

Irish Refugee Council

Mayo Intercultural Action

Mercy International Association

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

Oxfam Ireland

Trócaire