Monday, August 21, 2017

New Communities

The New Communities Programme supports migrants from the EU and the rest of the world, with refugees who were invited into Ireland by the government, refugees who obtained status after applying to stay in this country and with asylum seekers who are waiting for their case to be heard.

Dancers at International Dinner, April 26, 2010

Activities include:

  • Referrals to the Citizens Information Centre for information on rights and entitlements, social welfare supports and health.
  • Help with social activities
  • English classes and referral to the VEC
  • Supports for asylum seekers
  • Provision of workshops in primary and secondary schools around the theme of “Respecting Difference”

A Programme Refugee is someone who has been invited to Ireland on foot of a Government decision in response to humanitarian requests from bodies such as UNHCR. In general have the same entitlements as convention refugee.

A person so recognised is a refugee (a ‘convention’ refugee) who is entitled to access employment, health, social welfare etc. on same basis as Irish national.

Asylum Seeker

“a person who, owing to a well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Membership of a particular social group or
  • Political opinion

Is outside the country of his or her nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of that country”

A Programme Refugee is someone who has been invited to Ireland on foot of a Government decision in response to humanitarian requests from bodies such as UNHCR. In general have the same entitlements as convention refugee.