May/ June 2015

 
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Family Reunification

 
Doras Luimni were delighted to assist our client Maxamad in bringing his family from Somalia to Ireland, after 10 years of living apart.

Maxamad, who was resident in Knockalisheen Direct Provison centre from 2006 until 2013, has been a regular client of Doras Luimní over the past 9 years and we were thrilled to see him reunited with his family, whom he has waited so long to see.
There were emotional scenes in Dublin airport as Maxamad's wife, mother, 10 children, and his late sister's four children for whom he is guardian, finally arrived in Dublin airport.

Teresa, Doras Luimní case worker, and Yassin, a good friend of Maxamad, and who also lived in Knockalisheen, also greeted the family at the airport and helped with every step of the process.

The Somalian Community in Limerick and friends further afield, also supported Maxamad financially to make this family reunion possible.    

Doras Luimní wish the family every happiness in their
new life in Ireland! 
 

Working Group on Direct Provision

The report of the Working Group on the Protection Process and Direct Provision has finally been published. The report has produced a number of recommendations, aimed at improving the protection process and the conditions in which asylum seekers must live within the Direct provision system.

If implemented, these recommendations could have a very positive impact on the lives of asylum seekers in Ireland. The challenge now is to ensure that there is political will to implement these proposals.

Following the publication of the report, Minister Aodhán O'Riordáin announced the establishment of a Task Force to look at the issue of transitioning from Direct Provision, an issue on which many NGOs around the country, including Doras Luimní, are already working to address. The Task Force is due to report to Government by 30th September.

Doras Luimní believe that the recommendations in this report do not go far enough to address the multitude of issues with the Direct Provision system. We do not believe that it is acceptable to accommodate asylum seekers in Direct Provision for 5 years, as per the report's recommendation. 


Doras Luimni will continue to advocate for an end to Direct Provision and for permission to remain for those who have been damaged by their lengthy stays in the system. 

The full report can be accessed online here: Link to Justice website

Legislating for Hate Crime in Ireland

A set of legislative proposals by the University of Limerick Hate and Hostility Research Group and the NGO Working Group on Hate Crime, of which Doras Luimní are a member, was launched in Dublin on Monday 13th July. 

The legislative proposals will be presented to Minister O'Riordain for the Government's consideration. For updates on this work, follow the Hate and Hostility Research Group on Facebook.
To mark World Refugee Day on 20th June, Doras Luimní organised a number of initiatives and events to raise awareness of and support for refugees and migrants. Events took place from 15th to 20th June 2015 and included a pop-up café in Central Buildings; a free food and music event in Fitto café; a film screening in the Stormy Teacup; the Invisible Children installation at The Milk Market and a pop-up cinema in the Parish Centre in Portlaoise.
Anti-Rumours Training Resource Pack
As part of the Anti-Rumours project, Doras Luimni have developed a training resource pack for teachers, youth workers and community development staff. The resource contains a numbers of exercises, worksheets and group activities that aim to challenge young people to consider how negative stereotypes can affect migrant integration. 

If you would like to obtain a copy, please contact Aideen at Doras Luimní at a.roche@dorasluimni.org or call 061310328.
President's Garden party
Doras Luimni and members of the migrant community Limerick were invited to join the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, at Áras an Uachtaráin on 24th June.

Over 400 people attended the Garden Party including approximately 50 guests from Limerick.

A fantastic day was had by all and we are very grateful to the President for this kind invitation! Some of Limerick's best resident's also featured on the front page of the Irish Times (pictured above)



 

Family Fun Day in Knockalisheen

Limerick Youth Service, Music Generation and Limerick Football Club teamed up to organise a family fun day in Knocklaisheen, with music and games for all ages.

Both children and parents spent the day learning how to play new instruments on board the Music Express bus!

Shadow a local politician

In May 2015 we launched a `Shadow a local politician` scheme in Limerick which followed our successful Leadership and Active Citizenship programme for migrants.

The scheme involves migrants, who are interested in politics, being matched with local politicians in Limerick and promotes enhanced involvement of migrants in Irish politics.
After initially approaching selected local politicians from all the represented parties and movements, including independent representatives, we have secured the interest of Minister Jan O`Sullivan TD from the Labour Party, Deputy Willie O`Dea TD from Fianna Fáil and Cllr. Cian Prendiville from the Anti Austerity Alliance. Two of the participants started their shadowing in May 2015 and one will be starting in the coming weeks. 

English classes and Failte Isteach

Our English classes have finished up for the summer! Congratulations to all who graduated this term and the very best of luck to all our students!

Failte Isteach classes will continue throughout July and August, taking place on Wednesday mornings from 10am - 12pm in Christ Church Hall. Drop-in for conversational English with our volunteer tutors!

Training

Doras Luimní provides training to organisations and individuals on a range of migrant-related topics including Intercultural Awareness; Immigration Law and Policy and Migrant Rights and Entitlements.

Anti-Trafficking awareness training is also available –  this includes an introduction to human trafficking globally, indicators of human trafficking, responding to and meeting victim’s needs, and anti-trafficking responses in Ireland.

For further information, please contact Patricia Stapleton, Anti-Trafficking Officer, at p.stapleton@dorasluimni.org, or Aideen Roche at a.roche@dorasluimni.org 
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