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  • 27/12/2018   Ministers Flanagan and Stanton welcome Syrian refugee families to Ireland
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, and his colleague, the Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD, are pleased to welcome 22 Syrian families to Ireland today under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP).
  • 21/12/2018   Ministers Flanagan and Stanton announce first approvals under Irish Refugee Protection Programme – Humanitarian Admissions Programme
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, and his colleague the Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD, are pleased to announce that the first approvals under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme – Humanitarian Admissions Programme (IHAP) have issued. An initial group of eighty beneficiaries have now been approved in the first call for proposals under this new humanitarian admissions initiative, which forms part of the Government’s commitments under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP). The countries represented are Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and Eritrea. More grants will follow in the coming weeks.
  • 10/12/2018   Minister Flanagan to represent Ireland at UN Conference on Global Compact for Migration in Marrakech
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr Charlie Flanagan T.D., is in Marrakech, Morocco today, to represent Ireland at the U.N. High Level Inter-Governmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Minister Flanagan will join heads of state and senior ministers from UN Member States in Marrakech.
  • 06/12/2018   Minister Flanagan agrees to invite up to 36 unaccompanied minors to Ireland from Greece
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, today met with Greek Minister for Migration Policy, Dimitris Vitsas, in the margins of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Brussels. In conjunction with the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, Minister Flanagan was conveying to Minister Vitsas that Ireland can offer solidarity to Greece by agreeing to accept up to 36 unaccompanied minors in need of International Protection in 2019.
  • 05/12/2018   Minister Flanagan attends Justice and Home Affairs Council Meeting in Brussels
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, is attending a two-day meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Brussels with his European counterparts. Key items on the Home Affairs agenda for today include migration and new rules proposed by the European Commission to stop the spread of terrorist content online.
  • 04/12/2018   Minister Stanton announces extended funding for female refugee employment projects
    Mr David Stanton T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration has announced extended funding, worth almost €500,000 under the Dormant Accounts Fund, for 7 projects working on the labour market integration of female refugees. These projects provide a platform for intensive, tailored interventions that address the specific barriers to employment for female refugees. The focus is on improving their employability through skills development, education and training and supports to access the labour market. The funding will allow the projects to progress their work for a second year.
  • 26/11/2018   Ministers Stanton and Donohoe congratulate 3,000 new Irish citizens
    The Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD, was joined by the Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, in congratulating 3,000 new Irish citizens across three citizenship ceremonies at the Convention Centre Killarney today. The Presiding Officers at the ceremonies were Retired High Court Judge Bryan McMahon and Retired District Court Judge Paddy McMahon. Those granted citizenship at today’s ceremonies originate from over 120 different countries.
  • 21/11/2018   Integration of Migrants into Local Communities - Minster Stanton hosts Conference for Local Authorities
    Today, Minister of State for Equality and Integration, Mr. David Stanton T.D., hosts representatives from local authorities across Ireland in Athlone. This specially organised conference, “Supporting Integrated Communities: Linking National and Local Action on Migrant Integration”, will discuss Ireland’s strategy to improve the integration of migrants into local communities.
  • 15/10/2018   Minister Flanagan announces Special Scheme allowing certain non-EEA nationals to apply for permission to remain in the State
    he Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, T.D., has today announced the launch of a new scheme which will allow a certain non EEA nationals who came to Ireland to study between January 2005 and December 2010, to apply for permission to remain in the State. The Scheme addresses a significant cohort of people who have been in the State for a long number of years and who form part of the “undocumented” persons in the State by virtue of them having moved from a position of having permission to be in the State some years ago to having fallen out of permission and provides a pathway for this particular group of peoplerecognised as settled migrants and is open to non-EEA nationals resident in the State who held a valid student permission during the period of 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2010 and who have not in the intervening period acquired an alternative immigration permission.
  • 12/10/2018   Minister Flanagan attends the Justice and Home Affairs Council meetings in Luxembourg
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan T.D. attended the Justice and Home Affairs Council meetings in Luxembourg with his European counterparts on the 11th and 12th of October, 2018. Topics for discussion included a new procedure for gathering electronic evidence within the EU (e-evidence), insolvency, fundamental rights, and migration, including the European border and coast guard. There was also an item on securing European elections from data misuse.
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