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O'Brien steps down as Carlow manager

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GAA hopeful crowds will be allowed attend inter-county fixtures

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Asylum Seekers for Dummies

Asylum Seekers for Dummies
In the first three years of the 1990's only 160 people applied for asylum in Ireland . In 1993 , Ireland ratified the Treaty on European Union (Maastricht Treaty) , it was signed by the then Minister for Finance Bertie Ahern , this allowed for people to move freely between member states .This allowed for Asylum Seekers to move accross Europe into Ireland . In 2002 when our economy was at its peak we were attracting over 1000 asylum seekers per month .

When an Asylum seeker arrives in Ireland they are either brought or travel themselves to the International Protection Office where they make their first application for refugee status .

To be considered a Refugee , an asylum seeker must meet the definition of a refugee as laid out in Article 1 of the 1951 Geneva Convention and implemented into Irish law via section 2 of the Refugee Act 1996 .

Article 1 of the Convention, as amended by the 1967 Protocol, defines a refugee as:

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 nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.


When they arrive at the IPO office in Dublin , the Asylum Seeker is given a preliminary interview and questionnaire , requiring them to provide reasons for seeking asylum in ireland . The Asylum seeker is entitled to have legal representation present during the process .

They are then assigned a case worker who researches their country of origin .

In the meantime , they are sent to the reception and integration agency which has an office inside the IPO building . From there , they are sent to a Direct Provision centre in Ireland where they receive full board treatment .

Finally after a 12 week period , their first application for Refugee Status is decided on .

In 2015 , 3,276 asylum applications were lodged compared to 1,448 applications in 2014 .

The top 5 Nationalities were :

1. Pakistan 2. Bangladesh 3. Albania 4. Nigeria 5. Malawi

95% of all asylum seekers in 2015 were deemed not genuine .

Lets take a look at some of the figures .

Month Total Applications Approved Refugee Status *
January 2015 215 10
February 2015 201 17
March 2015 209 4
April 265 21
May 257 10

** it takes 12 weeks for ORAC to process an application , so Asylum Seekers arriving in January would be given a decision in April (so ORAC's April figure for approved applications is used) , Asylum seekers arriving in February would be given a decision in May (so ORACS's May figure for approved applications is used) ... and so on and so forth .

As the table above shows , 95% of Asylum Seekers were deemed not genuine. 

Now one might be forgiven for thinking that this is it , the asylum seeker is sent home , lol , but this is only the beginning .

When their application is rejected , the Asylum Seeker may appeal the decision to the International Protection Appeals Tribunal  .

The Tribunal consists of Solicitors and Barristers , their duty is to examine an appeal made by an asylum seeker either orally (called a substantive appeal) or on paper (an accelerated appeal) , for an oral hearing a tribunal member can earn 714 euro , for a paper hearing they earn 372 euro per case .


On average , it takes about 12 weeks for the Tribunal to make a decision on an Appeal.

If the Asylum Seeker has their appeal rejected , the State sends the asylum seeker a letter called a notice of proposal to deport , Every Asylum Seeker in the system longer than 8 months has this letter somewhere in their possession . This letter gives the asylum seeker 3 options:

1) Leave the state before the Minister makes a deportation order
2) Consent to deportation order
3) Apply for Subsidiary protection * lol happy

* Subsidiary protection was brought into Ireland under EU Directive 2011/95/EU (qualification directive) to allow people to stay in Ireland who are not refugees under the terms of the Geneva Convention .

It was passed into Irish Law via the European Union (Subsidiary Protection) Regulations 2013 . the Directive States :

The European Council at its special meeting in Tampere on 15 and 16 October 1999 agreed to work towards establishing a Common European Asylum System


Rules regarding refugee status should be 'complemented' by measures on subsidiary forms of protection .


Subsidiary protection should be 'complementary and additional' to the refugee protection enshrined in the Geneva Convention


Therefore , any person coming to Ireland can now claim to stay in Ireland under the EU's 'subsidiary protection' grounds as opposed to refugee grounds or both .

one of the grounds a person can claim subsidiary protection is : "inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment of an applicant in the country of origin"

This could encompass almost anything , for example , in some countries like Pakistan , India and Iran , parading a person on a Donkey through the public square is considered a punishment , so , a person from any of these countries could come to Ireland and claim subsidiary protection on the grounds that this could happen to them back home and would be 'degrading' to them .

Apart from these 3 options , the Asylum Seeker has 14 days to apply for Judicial Review in the High Court .

Judicial review is a process whereby a high court Judge examines the decision making process of a public body in this case the Appeals Tribunal / Department of Justice . Only asylum seekers are entitled to free legal aid in relation to Judicial review , other members of the public wishing to challenge the decision of a public body have to pay a lot of money . 
 
In 2014 , The Appeals Tribunal spent 95,645 euro hearing Appeals from Asylum Seekers who had their initial applications rejected .

In 2014 , there was 1,014 new appeals lodged with the Appeals Tribunal and a backlog of 1,297 appeals still to be heard

With all of these appeals and all of the money being spent on them , its only fair to ask if the people making these appeals have genuine grounds to do so .

According to a former Appeals Tribunal Member Sean Deegan who heard over 500 cases in his time , he doesn't think so . Speaking to a recent RTE Prime Time Programme he says :

I would have dealt with around 500 cases . I let in 2 people in 6 years . The majority of the cases were not refugees within the meaning of the united nations declaration on refugees . The majority of people were actually trafficked into this country . These People obviously have money to get this far . You would have to surmise the real refugees are left back home , those who cant afford to pay traffickers - Sean Deegan

Furthermore , The International Organisation for Migration which offers Grants to Immigrants to return home tells stories of Asylum Seekers in Ireland who decided to return home after realising they could get Money to do so. One Such Story Goes :

Victor came to Ireland to seek asylum but after 3 months, he contacted IOM Dublin to discuss the option of voluntary return to Nigeria. he was told that a tailor in the busy market area was looking for apprentices. He decided to use the IOM reintegration money to pay for the apprenticeship. The investment of time and money in learning a useful trade will hopefully prove beneficial to Victor in the long-term

The Above Story further raises concerns about the legitimacy of Asylum Seekers coming to Ireland . If this Nigerian man was in a position to return home once he was given some money , it is safe to say he was not fleeing war or persecution and therefore was not a genuine Asylum Seeker in the first place.

At the end of 2014 , There was 7,937 Asylum Seekers currently in the system . 45 % of these live in Direct Provision Accomodation , 55 % live in social housing .


Furthermore the EU's Family Re-unification Directive which is going to be implemented into Irish Law will allow all the family members and relatives of migrants the entitlement to reside in Ireland .


In December 2014, Francis Fitzgerald announced that following applications to her Department from relatives already resident here a total of 111 people from Syria and the surrounding region had been brought to Ireland.


In 2014, Irish Tax payers spent 53.21 Million euro on Direct Provision Accomodation for asylum seekers. That same year they spent 2,688 ,787 on High Court legal fees for Asylum Seekers who decided to appeal the decision of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal to the High Court where win or lose they wont have to pay a penny .


Number of Appeals to Refugee Appeals Tribunal


 



High Court Costs for Appeals

 


Direct Provision Accomodation Costs



Refugee Appeals Tribunal Solicitor Costs




Furthermore ,


In June , a report into the asylum system was published .


The Report was commissioned by Francis Fitzgerald and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin .


The report recommended granting an amnesty to "3,350" failed asylum seekers who are in the system more than 5 years within six months . even though every single person in the system more than 8 months has already had a fair hearing , they have been given two decisions , one to their initial application and one to their appeal , they all have been issued with notice of proposal to deport letters .


Paragraph 26 : In the case of all persons awaiting a decision at the protection process and leave to remain stages and have been in the system five years or more , the solution proposed is that they should be granted protection status or leave to remain as soon as possible and within a maximum of six months


Paragraph 27 : In the case of all persons who have a deportation order and who have been in the system for five years or more the solution proposed is that they should have their deportation order revoked as soon as possible and within a maximum period of six months"


Aodhán Ó Ríordáin described the report as another "yes equality moment" and said there was an "historic opportunity and moral obligation" to implement the reports findings as soon as possible.


Out of the 9 Contributors to the report , 7 are members of Immigrant and Refugee Rights Organisations


At present , Asylum Seekers living in direct provision centres receive full board treatment , room and food (assistance in kind) , they also receive a weekly allowance of 19.10 for personal items , they have access to pre-school , primary and secondary education and to ancillary supports such as school transport .


Despite this ,


The Report Recommends that asylum seekers "should have access to their own private living space"


In addition , the report is not happy with asylum seekers who are single having to share bedrooms .


" they should have the possibility of applying for a single room after nine months and be offered one after 15 "


In addition , the report recommends increasing the personal allowance to 38.74 euro per week .


It also recommends asylum seekers be allowed work after 9 months even if their application has not been decided .


References :


[url=http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Executive%20Summary%20of%20the%20Report%20to%20Government%20on%20Improvements%20to%20the%20Protection%20Process......pdf/Files/Executive%20Summary%20of%20the%20Report%20to%20Government%20on%20Improvements%20to%20the%20Protection%20Process......pdf]Report into Asylum Process[/url]

[url=http://www.refappeal.ie/website/rat/ratweb.nsf/page/JWKY-9XEE7Y11235112-en/$File/A.%20Report%202014.pdf]Refugee Appeals Tribunal Report[/url]

[url=http://www.ria.gov.ie/en/RIA/Pages/2014StatsSummaryNB]RIA key statistics[/url]

[url=http://www.orac.ie/website/orac/oracwebsite.nsf/page/orac-stats_15-en]ORAC Statistics[/url]

[url=http://www.thetricolour.com/Videos/189/politics/Majority-of-Asylum-Seekers-coming-to-Ireland-not-Refugees-says-retired-appeals-inspector/l4458779/]Sean Deegan Video [/url]

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when an asylum seeker is smuggled into ireland , the Gardai should question that asylum seeker to find out the names of the people who smuggled them here .

Do the gardai do this ? does anybody know ?

we need to start tackling the irish people and companies at this end who are actively involved in smuggling asylum seekers into ireland , these smugglers are the scum of the earth and should be jailed for long periods of time .
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Amazing that a lot of the refugees are young,strong men with top line mobile phones.All fighting age for a war.They seem to have no problem tearing Europe apart,but didn't stay to defend their own patch.The refugee crisis is the biggest scam ever.It is a free lunch to anyone who can make it to Europe.I for one have nothing but contempt for all those who are destroying Europe. Hopefully the truth will emerge on this agenda and all it's perpetrators will be punished by law.Don't help the refugees, you are already paying through your taxes.Help our own who are homeless and destitute. Charity really does begin at home.
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This is no joke , 

I was out walking one day , as I passed by the petrol station there was was a car parked at the side of the road just metres away from the petrol station.

As I passed by , he called out the window to me , he was an asylum seeker  , at first I thought his car had broken down , so I asked him if he needed a push to the petrol station .

It turned out thats not what he was looking for , he told me he had run out of petrol and said his friend was on the way to him , then he proceeded to ask me for petrol money , I didn't have any money on me , but even if i did , I wouldn't give it to him ,

these guys are coming here and given cars , the state is paying for their tax , insurance and petrol money , the state is paying for everything , mobile phones , gym membership , their kids clothes and schooling , pre school , everything is being given to them.

all this is being done , even though 95% of them are con artists , its ridiculous , meanwhile , are only people are homeless on the streets , waiting on endless hospital lists and housing lists .

we have to get tough and control our borders , its the only way . 
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Francis Fitzgerald called to my house the other day , I made it clear to her that the country is in bits and cannot cope with our existing population ,

we need to sort out the hospitals , the homeless list , the council waiting lists

we need jobs that pay enough money for people to get mortgages .

I told her that the majority of jobs nowadays advertised on fas and elsewhere are offering very low wages , 25k at the most.

nobody can get  a house and start a family on that money.

she said to me that irish people dont want to do jobs like nursing and so she is bringing in thousands of eastern europeans and other migrants to do them .

I told her Irish people like nurses need to be able to get a mortgage , buy a house and look after their families , how can they do this by taking up low paid jobs , we just want to be able to live our lives .

many of our nurses are being forced to emigrate to England where they will get enough money to simply live their lives like everybody else. this is all they want , decent money . and its not helping by bringing in 7000 foreign workers every month , wages are being driven down to rock bottom .

in the future , nobody will be able to buy a house , its disgraceful what they are doing to Ireland .  
 
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