Introduce Safe Passage to provide humanitarian admission for families fleeing conflict
We are currently witnessing the largest global humanitarian crisis the world has seen since the end of World War II. The majority of us want to do something to help. That is a testament to our humanity, our goodness and our belief that we can make a difference. It is a tribute to who we are and the Ireland our ancestors fought to make a reality a centenary ago.
But the reality is that most of us do not know what to do. And the Irish Government’s response to date, to take 4,000 refugees and asylum seekers over two years, while commendable, is simply not enough to account for the millions who are displaced worldwide, or the thousands of children that now live at risk throughout Europe. And it does not even begin to account for those who have been forced to remain in conflict zones – Syria, Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan, Eritrea. And the list goes on.
Syrians and other refugees, migrants and naturalised citizens living in Ireland still have family fighting for survival that they desperately want to bring here to safety. They are willing and able to provide for their family members when they arrive, so that they will not become a burden on the State. For many, there is no pathway to do this. Humanitarian admission is urgently required.
Nasc has a pragmatic, cost effective and durable solution that will provide a humanitarian safety net, to bring families together in a safe a legal way, to remove the need for people to undertake dangerous sea or land crossings, and stop the traffickers who profit from this human misery. It also provides an opportunity for Irish communities to finally do something positive to support those fleeing conflict, by sponsoring a family reunification application and supporting a family in need.
Nasc is calling on the Tanaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to introduce humanitarian admission for families fleeing conflict.
- Introduce a Humanitarian Admission Programme for Irish citizens, beneficiaries of international protection and/or legal residents, to apply for family reunification for extended family members fleeing conflict zones.
- Allow members of Irish society to co-sponsor family reunification applications. This would allow the Irish government to harness the outpouring of support and goodwill coming from Irish society in support of those fleeing conflict, while also easing the financial burden on the host family in Ireland and on the Government to provide for those who have newly arrived.
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