The Irish Refugee Council
Year(s): 1992 - Present
Target group(s): Refugees
MethodologyDrop-in Centre The Irish Refugee Council offers a free and confidential Drop-In Centre for those who need help or guidance about the asylum process or who have been through it. The service operates separately to the Irish Refugee Council Independent Law Centre and as such does not provide legal advice. Law Centre The primary aims of the Law Centre are to meet unmet legal need in a strategic manner and to promote and deliver early legal advice and representation to those in the early stages of the asylum process. Children and Young People The IRC works to promote best practices for the protection of the rights of children and young people, including separated children, at a national level through awareness raising, policy development, networking and advocacy.
Type of productEarly legal advice In response to a clearly identified unmet legal need, a significant number of our cases will involve providing advice to asylum seekers in the early stage of the asylum process, in advance of their interview with the International Protection Office (previously known as ORAC). Applicants who wish to access these services will be able to do so through an outreach clinic and by appointment. For capacity reasons, and to ensure the quality of our services, we will be able to offer this service to a maximum of approximately 100 clients per year. Policy Work & Capacity Building Arising out of our work with individual clients, we will seek to identify issues which affect asylum seekers and refugees. We also hope to support voluntary organisations and practitioners working on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers.
Brief description of the product / outcome / methodThe IRC’s priorities are delivering high quality support and advice to people in the asylum process; supporting and protecting children and young people; public and political awareness raising; and capacity building among key players in the asylum system in order to bring about change to practice and policy.
Impact on target groups / Transferability potentialThe Irish Refugee Council believes, in accordance with the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees, that every person has the right to claim asylum and to have their application considered in a fair and transparent manner. The Irish Refugee Council’s mission is to promote and enhance the lives of refugees in Ireland. We are work to achieve this through producing policy, raising awareness and campaigning for a fairer, more transparent asylum system. A Model Asylum System: •A single protection procedure •Clear, good quality and transparent decision-making •Humane reception conditions, including the right to work •Care for separated children on a par with that offered to Irish children in care •Special consideration for the needs of vulnerable individuals and groups •Effective remedies
Promoter of the initiative
Name of organization / individual: The Irish Refugee Council
Contacts: 37 Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 00 353 1 764 5854 Fax: 00 353 1 672 5927