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Syrian Refugees A difficult journey of suffering towards Ireland


The Irish Government is making efforts to resettle Syrian refugees who have arrived through UNHCR’s resettlement program and have pledged to host 4,000 of them, although they do not provide support to those seeking refuge alone within the international protection system.

Engaging and integrating communities is part of the resettlement support process. Although this approach is limited in time to a little more than a year, it was well thought out and practical. But some 4,200 asylum seekers still have access to Ireland pending government decisions on their protection claims. They are in open prison conditions within a system that prevents asylum seekers from working, studying or cooking themselves. There were 109 asylum requests submitted by Syrians last year.

It may take up to 10 years for the authorities to make their final decision on granting asylum. No structural support is provided to those who have applied for individual asylum under the international protection system and have finally been recognized as refugees. Former asylum-seekers are left to support themselves during the transitional period to live independently, making them face poverty and hardship.

Early last year, the elected government set out its position on immigration in accordance with its program “Ensuring a balanced migration”, committing itself to providing safe haven to refugees coming to Ireland and ensuring their integration under the resettlement program. The same approach does not address refugees seeking protection through the established regime under international asylum law.

In general, the Government’s attitude towards migration is subject to security concerns for border protection. Balanced policy is reflected in the frequent reference to measures such as “dealing with legal migration” and “emphasizing violations” committed by “asylum-seekers” and facilitating their removal. The formulation of the Government’s program implicitly indicates that there are two categories of migrants, “good” migrants and “bad” migrants. Dublin welcomes the first category and recognizes the needs of its members.

As the program is concerned with border protection concerns, it has missed the opportunity to create a comprehensive and fair response to the coming migration, especially as it relates to reception conditions for protection applicants. He acknowledged the negative impact of the system of providing direct services on the lives of asylum-seeker families, but did not recognize that the program had no detrimental effects on child-rearing, personal freedom and decent living.

In order to overcome the backlog of requests for persons who have been waiting for a determination of protection status for five years, a significant number of asylum-seekers have been granted refugee status over the past two years, such as significant progress that has contributed to the “release” of those involved in the complexities of the Irish protection process It is sometimes held. Even after the final recognition of their status, there is almost total absence of targeted support of any kind to achieve the process of transition to independent living and the introduction of such refugees into local communities, with the exception of simple measures such as your “guide to independent living” and periodic briefings for residents In refugee status centers.

Refugees receive a grant of € 19.10 per week and are expected to find their way through complex bureaucratic procedures, such as applying for immigration cards, social welfare benefits, registering for social housing, renting a house and negotiating housing assistance payments.

Refugees are also expected to be excluded from housing under the direct service program, but they do not even receive the cost of their travel to inspect houses. Therefore, they must first pay the costs of communications and mobility from the weekly grant. One refugee woman revealed that she had been given 16 euros to use the train to move with her personal and household belongings from one center to another. The families are left in a state of extreme poverty, in addition to their obligation to pay loans to friends or moneylenders called “loan whales” to cover their travel expenses.

The government’s program affirms the preferential treatment provided by the state to care for the needs of resettled Syrian refugees while disregarding the needs of the outsiders from the direct services program. However, this treatment represents an unfair policy, but deepens injustice in society, and may cause widespread frustration or even the emergence of conflict among the various vulnerable groups. Syrians seeking asylum in Ireland through the General Organization for International Protection have difficulty understanding why their counterparts arriving in the country through the UNHCR in local authorities with a number of other support services, while they have to search for private rented accommodation Financially (in the context of the current severe housing crisis), and to engage in a slow transition process free of subsidies.

Concerns about how Ireland deals with refugees must be challenged by human rights bodies at the local and international levels. The lack of equality should be addressed as the main principle of human rights, within the framework of national legislation on equality, at the level of the Constitution, European legislation and international human rights law.

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