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Thursday 7 December 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Immigration

UK Prime Minister defends new Rwanda asylum seeker plan as he battles to maintain authority
Sunak said the proposed new immigration law would “restore people’s trust that the system is fair”.
6th December 2023
Dáil adopts motion emphasising importance of inward migration, following immigration debate
Minister Roderic O’Gorman accused politicians claim they’re prevented from discussing immigration of cloaking themselves in ‘victimhood’.
Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Opinion: The riots were a scaled-up version of what we migrants face every day in Ireland
Teresa Buczkowska says the riots in Dublin sent a very clear and disturbing message to all migrants.
This year
Over 64,000 people emigrated from Ireland in year to April 2023
Of the 64,000 people, 30,500 were Irish citizens, according to new figures from the CSO.
Tom Clonan: There is a real danger now of serious injuries or fatalities at a far-right protest
The senator witnessed the Leinster House protests yesterday – he says irresponsible rhetoric or complacency from politicians will lead to even more violence.
Housing Minister condemns 'misinformation' letters distributed in Dublin with Fianna Fáil logo
Darragh O’Brien said it was “clear someone went to great lengths draft, print and circulate” the disinformation.
Immigrant groups concerned about implications of 'immigration checks' in Dublin
Armed units, dog units, and public order units will also be deployed.
Asylum seekers taken off Bibby Stockholm barge after Legionella found in water supply
Refugees are being housed in the barge in an attempt to reduce spending on hotels for asylum seekers.
Barry Andrews: Several false narratives surround migration and asylum seeking - here are some facts
The MEP looks at some of the common views and misconceptions around immgration.
Opinion: When we hear about 'refugees' or 'migrants', remember these are real people
Fellipe Lopes of the Immigrant Council of Ireland says the people fleeing conflict to live in Ireland can enrich and enhance this country.
What does Africa Day mean to Afro-Irish people living here today?
It’s a celebration of culture and a recognition of success, mixed with demands for better recognition and a reflection on what is happening in Sudan.
Garda union AGSI seeks clarity on the policing of protests as Clare blockade continues
The government and Garda management have been under mounting pressure over how anti-migration protests have been handled.
Dublin Airport says traffic is 'returning to normal' after immigration protest
The airport had warned that people should “allow additional time” for their flight due to heavy traffic arising from the demonstration.
UK immigration policy will impact Ireland, says Taoiseach
Speaking to reporters in Washington DC today, Varadkar said he will be speaking to the British government about the issue.
Opinion: Identity politics dominated Britain's Brexit - let's not make the same mistakes
Peter Flanagan looks at our neighbours’ decision to leave the EU and whether we can learn the lessons here.
Irish immigration lawyers say Government needs to show 'actual leadership and compassion'
“It’s not possible to say ‘I want to apply for a visa so I can seek asylum.’”
Paul Murphy: Anti-refugee protests a far cry from grassroots 'no to water charges' campaigns
‘You’d have to have your head in the sand not to notice that Ireland’s emerging far-right is playing a crucial role here,’ writes the Dublin TD.
Varadkar on protests against refugees: 'We should know better. It's not the Irish way'
The Taoiseach said refugees genuinely fleeing war and oppression are welcome here.
The Explainer: How does Ireland's immigration system work?
Listen in to hear Nick Henderson of the Irish Refugee Council explain.
Dublin TD says protesters told him 'they will come to my home and burn it down'
The People Before Profit deputy said he would not be intimidated by the threats.
Charity refuses to delete clip of Holocaust survivor confronting UK politician
UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who referred to migrants as ‘an invasion’, was accused of Nazi-like rhetoric by the activist.
Last year
FactCheck newsletter: Covid, climate change and Ukraine dominated disinformation narratives in 2022
The ‘unholy trinity’ were prevalent throughout Europe this year.
Fermoy latest town to be visited by anti-immigration campaigners and misinformation
A report by
Eimer McAuley
Analysis: Activists exploiting the war and accommodation shortages by whipping up local community sentiment against asylum seekers.
After protests in East Wall, campaigners look to seize on anti-immigration sentiment.
Cork man Derek Blighe has undertaken a tour of the country over the past month to take part in anti-immigration rallies.
Fermoy locals hitting back with counter protest today.
East Wall protesters block Port Tunnel a second time over asylum seeker accommodation
Lynn Ruane: Some refugees are vilified for being from certain places or because they are men
Lynn Ruane: Some refugees are vilified for being from certain places or because they are men
Whether it is sinister actors or simply those with misplaced fears, many now seem comfortable asserting a hierarchy of who is worthy of protection, Senator Lynn Ruane writes.
‘Shut Manston down’ – hundreds protest outside UK migrant centre in pouring rain
It comes after the centre in Kent was revealed to be dangerously overcrowded.
UK police: 'Extreme right wing motivation behind firebomb attack' on immigration centre
Two staff were injured after homemade incendiary devices were thrown at a centre in Dover last Sunday.
French far-right MP suspended for 15 days after racist comment
Carlos Martens Bilongo said he was ‘deeply hurt’ by the remark.
Uproar in French parliament after MP accused of racially abusing colleague during migration debate
In French the pronouns ‘he’ and ‘they’ are pronounced the same, suggesting that de Fournas might have been targeting Bilongo directly
UK immigration centre a ‘prison’, migrants say, as they beg for help with message in a bottle
A young girl threw a letter in a bottle over the fence of the Kent processing centre to a PA news agency photographer
UK immigration office handling asylum seekers firebombed
One person was injured in this morning’s attack
How has the European Court of Human Rights grounded the UK’s Rwanda plan?
The first flight due to send asylum seekers on a one-way trip to Rwanda did not take off following an interim ruling by the Strasbourg court.
Last-ditch bid to block deportation flight from UK to Rwanda rejected
The UK’s Court of Appeal judges rejected a legal bid to block the first flight due to relocate asylum seekers under a controversial new policy.
‘No Rwanda’ protest staged at immigration removal centre
The immigration policy has come in for criticism from various groups.
Ireland could develop two-tier treatment of asylum seekers, Refugee Council warns
Large numbers of people are currently sleeping on the floor of the Red Cow Moran hotel due to a lack of resources for asylum seekers.
Ukraine refugees to be allowed register at regional immigration hubs under new law
The new legislation will remove the current requirement to travel to Dublin.
Larry Donnelly: Why hasn’t the far-right risen in Ireland?
Ireland’s history of emigration has made most of us resistant to anti-immigration rhetoric, our columnist writes.
Rwanda president says UK asylum seeker deal 'not trading in humans'
The agreement has attracted criticism from rights groups, opposition figures in Britain and Rwanda, and the United Nations.
UK's Rwanda immigration policy ‘about saving this Government’s skin’, says charity
Priti Patel unveiled the Government’s new direction over immigration this week.
Regularisation scheme for undocumented immigrants opens today
For the next six months, people living in Ireland without documentation will be able to apply for permission to stay here.
All time
Angela Merkel says Germany has ‘managed’ migrant influx
The German chancellor is preparing to step down