Nasc to launch new three-year strategy at formal opening of new premises

Nasc, the Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre, will launch a new three-year strategy tomorrow as it marks the formal opening of its new Cork premises.

The rights group has also unveiled a new logo and mobile-friendly website which was developed following funding from the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Funds and The Ireland Funds.

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Mick Finn, and the head of Irish office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Enda O’Neill, will attend the formal opening of the new premises at 34 Paul Street, Cork tomorrow.

Nasc will be hosting an “Open Day” at the premises between 11am and 3pm, with a ribbon cutting at 12.30pm and live music from Citadel, a group of musicians based in Kinsale Road Direct Provision Centre, from 1-2pm.

Fiona Finn, CEO of Nasc, said: “We are very grateful to Bishop of Cork and Ross John Buckley for giving us this space last Autumn. We are delighted to be so centrally located, it makes it much more convenient for people who are coming into us.

She added: “We are very excited to be launching a new website. It has been several years in the development at this stage and is long overdue.

“It was important to us that we make the site more accessible and user friendly. Of course, the core of our work remains the face to face legal advocacy service, where people come to us in person for support in navigating our complex immigration and protection systems. But our work must reflect the needs of our service users – migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and ethnic minorities living in Ireland.

“Our new website will offer mobile and tablet friendly information about various immigration and asylum related issues, and importantly, will also offer self advocacy tools like template letters and how to guides to support people in things like citizenship or visa applications.

“We are also launching a new logo, which we think is more reflective of our name – Nasc, the Irish word for ‘link’ – and our ethos, that we link migrants and refugees with their rights. Our new strategic plan sets out Nasc’s goals and objectives for the coming three years.”

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