Asylum

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Women can claim asylum in EU countries on the basis they face gender-based violence in their country of origin, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled. The court this week handed down judgment in a case referred by a Bulgarian court concerning a Kurdish woman who said she feared

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The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has been granted leave to bring a judicial review against the government over its failure to provide accommodation to asylum seekers arriving in Ireland. The proceedings before the High Court have been brought by the Commission in its own name, invoking

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Ireland could decide to opt-into new EU asylum and migration rules early next year, justice minister Helen McEntee has said. Mrs McEntee yesterday welcomed news that political agreement had been reached between the European Parliament and Council on the remaining measures of the Asylum and Migration

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Ukrainian refugees arriving in Ireland from early next year will receive drastically less in social welfare payments and have reduced access to State accommodation, the government has announced. The changes, which will not affect those currently in State accommodation, will bring Ireland's treatment

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Immediate action is necessary to prevent street homelessness of asylum seekers arriving in Ireland, the government has been told. The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) has sent a paper to ministers following news early this week that the government would not be able to accommodation some new international

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The UN Refugee Agency’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs, has called for bold steps to protect those forced to flee their homes while speaking at the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s annual human rights lecture. The event, in partnership with the Bar o

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Urgent action must be taken to protect LGBT+ asylum seekers living in direct provision, a new report has recommended. Ministers commissioned LGBT Ireland last September to produce a report on how to ensure that LGBT+ residents in international protection accommodation are supported and treated sensi

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The number of pending asylum decisions in the UK has reached an unprecedented 175,457 as of June 2023 — a 44 per cent increase from the 122,213 reported in June 2022. The new figure from the Home Office surpasses the previous peak in 1999 during Tony Blair's tenure as prime minister when 125,1

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New UK legislation restricting the right to claim asylum sets a "worrying precedent" which could undermine asylum rights around the world, the UN has warned. The Illegal Migration Bill was given final approval in Parliament on Monday night in spite of sustained criticism from international bodies an

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The suspension of visa-free travel to Ireland for refugees has been extended by ministers for a further 12 months. The government last year suspended the operation of a Council of Europe agreement on the abolition of visas for refugees on a "temporary" basis — a decision described as "shameful

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An "ambitious" target to make 1,000 initial asylum decisions per month by next spring is at the centre of new government plans to modernise Ireland's international protection system. The International Protection Modernisation Programme 2023–2024, published by justice minister Helen McEntee yes

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