15 Feb 2018

Asylum seekers allowed to work in Ireland, with restrictions

Asylum seekers in Ireland have been granted the right to work but must pay up to €1,000 for a permit and are excluded from jobs in 60 sectors, including hospitality, healthcare, construction and childcare. 

Ciara Kenny
Ciara Kenny The Irish Times, Ireland
Source: The Irish Times
Asylum seekers allowed to work in Ireland, with restrictions - NewsMavens
African refugees before deportation to Holot detention centre. Wikicommons

Why this story matters:

Men and women waiting on a decision on their application for asylum in Ireland have been granted the right to work in the country, after an Irish Supreme Court ruling found the ban to be unconstitutional.

But until Ireland’s application to opt in to the European Union Reception Conditions Directive is approved, asylum seekers will have to apply for a six-to-12-month work permit, costing up to €1,000, and secure a job with a minimum annual salary of €30,000 to qualify.  They will also be excluded from 60 different sectors including hospitality, healthcare, social work, construction and childcare.

The Government has insisted these measures are "strictly temporary", but it looks like asylum seekers will have to wait until at least June before a scheme is set up to allow them to work without these restrictions.

Asylum seekers currently living in direct provision centers are on a weekly allowance of just €21.60. The ability to work will change their lives, restore their dignity, and benefit the local economies and communities where they reside.

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Details from the story:

  • Men and women waiting to be granted asylum in Ireland have been given the right to work in the country for the first time, after an Irish Supreme Court ruling found the ban to be unconstitutional.
  • Until Ireland’s application to opt into the European Union Reception Conditions Directive is approved, asylum seekers will have to apply for a six-to-12-month work permit that costs up to €1,000
  • Applicants also must secure a job with a minimum annual salary of €30,000.  
  • A new scheme is being drawn up by the Department of Justice to determine in what sectors asylum seekers will be permitted to seek work.
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