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Working Notes Issue 54 Editorial

on Monday, 05 February 2007. Posted in Issue 54 Immigration and Integration: Realities and Challenges, 2007

February 2007

The cover of this issue of Working Notes features a colour photograph of a scene from Moore Street in Dublin just a few weeks ago. This street, like many other parts of Dublin, is now populated by many nationalities – immigrants who have come to live in this country. Ireland has become more colourful as a result of immigration and many people, both migrants and Irish, are enriched personally, socially and culturally as a result. Individuals, communities and organizations have embraced the opportunities presented by immigration and have responded positively to the associated challenges. Many newcomers are making great efforts to adapt to their new home and share their talents and cultural riches. However, international experience shows that the harmonious coming together of peoples in a host country cannot be taken for granted.

Working Notes Issue 51 Editorial

on Monday, 12 December 2005. Posted in Issue 51 Refugees and Asylum Seekers: No to the Silence of Indifference!, 2005

December 2005


This issue of Working Notes commemorates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). The mission of JRS is ‘to accompany, advocate and serve’ refugees and displaced persons across the world. The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice works closely with JRS Ireland in a joint integration project, Community Links, funded by the European Refugee Fund, and in public advocacy and lobbying on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers in relevant areas of policy.

To Detain or Not To Detain?

on Friday, 09 December 2005. Posted in Issue 51 Refugees and Asylum Seekers: No to the Silence of Indifference!, 2005

December, 2005

Eugene Quinn and Renaud de Villaine

"Eugene Quinn is Director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and Acting National Director of JRS Ireland. Renaud de Villaine is Policy and Advocacy Officer for JRS Europe"

In January 2004, the United Nations Secretary General, Mr Kofi Annan, heavily criticised the policies of the European Union towards refugees and migrants. In a speech to the Members of the European Parliament, he spoke of ‘offshore barriers’ and of ‘refused entry because of restrictive interpretations’ of the Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. He said that asylum seekers are ‘detained for excessive periods in unsatisfactory conditions’.1

Jesuit Refugee Service: The Challenge 25 Years On

on Friday, 09 December 2005. Posted in Issue 51 Refugees and Asylum Seekers: No to the Silence of Indifference!, 2005


December 2005

The Challenge 25 Years On
John Dardis SJ

John Dardis SJ is the Irish Jesuit Provincial and was formerly Regional Director for JRS Europe

The Jesuit Refugee Service was set up twenty-five years ago by Father Pedro Arrupe, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, at a time when the people fleeing Vietnam in boats were high profile on our TV screens. Now the JRS works in over thirty countries on five continents. Former JRS-Europe Director, Fr John Dardis SJ, who is current head of the Jesuits in Ireland, reflects on the Irish situation and the international challenge.

A Challenge to Solidarity

on Friday, 09 December 2005. Posted in Issue 51 Refugees and Asylum Seekers: No to the Silence of Indifference!, 2005

December 2005

A Challenge to Solidarity
Cathy Molloy

Cathy Molloy is a Research Officer in the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

The Christian understanding of solidarity is one of the fundamental principles of Catholic social teaching and is often the basis on which action towards, and with, people in situations of need is promoted. Solidarity, in this understanding, goes beyond a \'feeling of vague compassion, or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near or far\' and calls for \'a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual because we are all really responsible for all.1


on Friday, 09 December 2005. Posted in Issue 51 Refugees and Asylum Seekers: No to the Silence of Indifference!, 2005

December 2005

Joan Roddy DMJ

"Sr Joan Roddy DMJ is Director of the Refugee and Migrant Project of the Irish Bishops\' Conference"

Today, for many of us, the mention of return, removal, or deportation, conjures up thoughts of dawn raids on people\'s homes and rushed midnight air flights. Swift enforced departures, with little or no forewarning, are accompanied by hasty packing, frequently under Garda surveillance, with no chance to communicate this unexpected turn-of-events to friends, neighbours, church or school, much less say good-bye. For some parents, it has meant family break-up where they have had to leave behind small children. Those of us who watched that RTE Prime Time programme which showed one such experience cannot but have been moved to see the grief of mothers and the trauma etched on the faces of their children. What-ever the arguments, it is difficult to believe that there is not a better alternative than a procedure which leaves parents on one continent and their young children on another, thousands of miles away.

Integrating Perspectives on Christmas

on Thursday, 18 December 2003. Posted in Issue 47 Budget 2004: Preserving a Divided Society?, 2003

December 2003

by Nadette Foley, Zhyan Sharif and Egide Dhala

Nadette: Christmas is a time for home coming. In many different parts of the world people make enormous efforts, and travel long distances, to spend Christmas-time with their families, even if only for a few days.  But just as in the past thousands of the Irish people who emigrated to North America, Australia or Britain, had to spend their Christmases away from home, so also many of the people who have come to Ireland in recent years as migrant workers, as refugees and especially as asylum seekers, do not have the option of going home for Christmas.  Returning may not be possible because they cannot afford the money, or the time, or if they leave they will not be re-admitted or the conditions in their home country make going back dangerous.

Integration: What's Done? A Lot More to Do

Written by Eugene Quinn on Tuesday, 01 April 2003. Posted in Issue 44 Ireland: Facing up to a Multicultural Future?, 2002

Ireland: A transition to multi-ethnic society


In the last ten years Ireland has experienced dramatic changes that have transformed the political, economic and cultural landscape. The Celtic Tiger years have brought hitherto unknown wealth and prosperity. They also turned the tide of emigration. Ireland for the first period in its history experienced substantial immigration. This was not simply a flow of returning emigrants. Between 1996 and 2001 around 80,000 migrant workers were issued with visas and permits to service the labour demands of a booming economy. There was a dramatic rise in the number of asylum seekers from a mere 39 applications in 1992 to in excess of 10,000 in 2001.

Wanted: An Immigration Policy

on Wednesday, 30 July 2003. Posted in Issue 33 Wanted: An Immigration Policy, 1998

Bill Toner, SJ

December 1998


A couple of years ago the London-based Independent on Sunday published a feature about the attractiveness of Ireland to many retired English couples. It seems that many retired English people have discovered that in their old age they are better off in Ireland than in England. Free travel is a considerable attraction and many of them are entitled to medical cards, which provides them with a better service than they would get from the N.H.S. They have the same entitlement to non-contributory pensions as Irish citizens.

The Economics of Immigration Policy

on Wednesday, 30 July 2003. Posted in Issue 33 Wanted: An Immigration Policy, 1998

Tom Giblin, SJ

December 1998


The possible impact of immigration on the economy of a country is much debated. In continental Europe, up to a decade ago, the impact of immigrant labour was not a matter of much concern. Immigrant workers were widely employed to carry out work for which it was very difficult to recruit native workers. For instance, in Germany large numbers of Turkish people were employed in this way. In recent times however, with unemployment levels high over most of Europe, there has been more concern about the impact of immigration on the economy. Because of increased immigration here, there is now some concern in Ireland about the issue.

Immigration: More Than Just Numbers

on Thursday, 31 July 2003. Posted in Issue 36 Cherishing our Old Folk, 1999

Tony O\'Riordan, SJ

December 1999

The recent trend of immigration

Much of the focus on immigration has been as a result of the growing number of asylum seekers arriving in Ireland in recent years. However the recent trend of immigration in Ireland shows that apart from asylum seekers there are a considerable number of immigrants each year. (see Table 1). In fact even with the increase in asylum seekers there are 10 times more immigrants arriving in Ireland than those seeking asylum.

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