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.
Christian Aid Ireland
Community Workers’ Co-operative
CORI (Conference of Religious in Ireland)
Crosscare Migrant and Refugee Project
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