Doras worked with almost 1,200 people from 86 countries, addressing 58 different issues and needs throughout 2016.
Out of the 86 different nationalities of the people with whom we worked, the top 5 countries of origin were: Afghanistan; Pakistan; Sudan; Brazil and Somalia.
The top 5 issues on which we worked were: family reunification; asylum applications; social welfare issues; citizenship applications; and housing assistance, including supporting people moving from Direct Provision to independent accommodation.
For more details on the work of Doras Luimní in 2016 and the people we support, please download our summary report here: Our impact in 2016
Westbourne, a Direct Provision centre and "home" to 62 asylum seekers in Limerick, has been closed with effect from Friday 27th January 2017. The closure notice was issued by the Department of Justice reportedly due to the failure to meet health and safety standards required by contract.
Doras Luimní has been supporting residents throughout the transfer process and we continue to liaise with officials in relation to individual requests to be accommodated in the Limerick region. We remain available to and in contact with residents who have been transferred to centres outside Limerick and we urge anyone who needs our support during this difficult transition to contact us by phone or by email as soon as possible.
Doras are facilitating a 6 week basic Arabic language course from 16th February in Central Buildings. The course will be facilitated by a Doras Luimní volunteer & former client of ours, Radwan.
Radwan has been teaching Arabic to English speakers as well as English through Arabic to recently resettled Syrian families in Portlaoise for the past 12 months. We are delighted that he is now offering his services in Limerick.
Doras Luimni is pleased to announce that Limerick City and County Council is now among the many endorsers for the introduction of a once-off scheme to regularise undocumented migrants in Ireland.
The motion was fully supported by Limerick City and County Council, on 23d January 2017.
Doras would like to thank Cllr Joe Leddin for his work and support in proposing the motion before the Council and for his thorough presentation of the issues faced by undocumented people.
The Regularisation scheme is a once-off, time bound, policy measure open to all undocumented persons who have been resident in Ireland for four years or more, prioritising children and families. Please visit the MRCI website for more resources on undocumented migrants and for full details of the Regularisation scheme proposal.
Please join us for the first Irish World Music Café of 2017 on Thursday 9th March 2017 from 12pm in Central Buildings!
The Irish World Music Café brings together musicians from around the world who are living here in Limerick and encourages integration with our service-users and new communities through song.
A wonderful way to spend your lunch break in Limerick city, learning and sharing songs from Ireland, Syria, Nigeria, Poland, Venezuela and everywhere else in between. Tea, coffee and light lunch is provided at the Community Café in Central Buildings.
The music café is organised by staff and students of the Irish World Academy in the University of Limerick, as part of a wider research project on "Singing and Sustainable Integration".
The new International Protection Act came into effect on 31st December 2016. This new legislation will have an impact on asylum and family reunification applications.
If you or someone you know requires tailored information on this legislation, please contact us at Doras Luimní to arrange an appointment with our legal office. For basic information on the key changes introduced under the International Protection Act, please visit our website at the link below.
Doras held an information session with applicants in January 2017 to respond to some of the key concerns and queries raised by our clients. We plan to hold a further session on 8th March 2017to provide further information to asylum and family reunification applicants. Please contact Rachael at email@example.com or call 061310328 for further information.
On 15th February 2017, the Supreme Court will consider an important appeal lodged by a Burmese national who spent more than 8 years living in Direct Provision, with no right to work, while he awaited the outcome of his asylum application.
The man's application for asylum was initially refused but he was subsequently granted full refugee status in September 2016 following a review at the High Court and a rehearing of his case.
He has argued that he suffered depression and "almost a complete loss of autonomy" while living in Direct Provision on a €19 weekly allowance, and that being allowed work was vital to his development, personal dignity, and “sense of self-worth”.
We will be watching this case closely & Doras will continue to advocate for the right to work for asylum seekers in Ireland. #RightToWork
The Department of Justice has launched the new national Migrant Integration Strategy, outlining key actions for all Government departments that aim to facilitate the effective integration oF migrants in Ireland.
The strategy is available to view and download on the OPMI website at the link below.
As partners of the Turn Off the Red Light campaign, Doras is pleased to announce that the Sexual Offences Bill is making significant progress.
The Bill was passed by Dáil Éireann on Tuesday 7th February, with 94 votes in favour and 6 against. Doras along with our 70+ partners of the Turn Off the Red Light campaign, are now calling on the members of Seanad Éireann to stand with the most at-risk groups in Ireland and give the Bill its full support.
The Bill had recently cleared the Justice Committee with the loitering offence previously included in the Bill now been removed during the amendment process. No other amendments were accepted.
Doras Luimní, along with our partners from the Turn Off the Red Light campaign, continue to call on the Government to ensure that the law becomes a reality.
We are delighted to confirm that we have been successful in our funding application under the EU Asylum, Migration & Integration Fund which will enable us to continue our work in Limerick for the next three years! This funding is essential and will allow us to keep our doors open until 2020. AMIF funding will also enable Doras to carry out projects such as English classes, Leadership & Active Citizenship training; Mentoring & Advice & Legal information services.
Fundraising event - 28th April 2017
A wonderful initiative by former Doras volunteers to raise awareness of and funds for parents and children living in Direct Provision in Limerick.
"Every Child is Your Child" is a dinner and fundraising event taking place on 28th April 2017 in Thomond Park, with a wide range of inspirational speakers and performers participating on the night. The goal of the event is to provide an opportunity for the people of our diverse community to gather in a fun, social setting as well as to raise much needed funds for asylum seeker parents of school children.
The group are currently selling tickets for the dinner event and are seeking donations for the raffle and auction, which will be offered as prizes on the night - all for a very cause!
For more information on how you can participate or get involved, please visit the ECIYC facebook page at the link below. Hope to see our supporters there on the 28th April if you can make it!
With thanks to the generous people of Limerick and beyond, we are pleased to announce that we were able to provide Christmas presents to every child and adult living in Direct Provision in Limerick - almost 450 people in total! We had an overwhelming response this year, for which we are very grateful.
Special thanks to the staff and students in Coláiste Laurel Hill; the University of Limerick and to Deirdre O'Shaugnessy. Thanks also to Kitty Holland in the Irish Times and Anne Sheridan in the Limerick Leader for helping to raise awareness of the situation faced by people in Direct Provision and about the Christmas appeal in particular.
If you experience or witness racism, please consider reporting the incident to help us monitor and respond to racism in Ireland. Racist incidents can be reported to the Gardaí at your local Garda station and to Doras Luimní for further support.
Racist incidents can also be reported online, by victims and witnesses. iReport is an easy-to-use online mechanism, managed by ENAR Ireland, available at www.ireport.ie.
Reporting an incident online takes approximately 5 minutes and greatly contributes to anti-racism initiatives and responses at local and national level. For more information, please visit the ENAR Ireland and ireport website.