Building Knowledge for a Concerted and Sustainable Approach to Refugee Resettlement in the EU and its Member States

Legal and administrative framework

Ireland

The legal basis for resettlement is contained in the Refugee Act (number 17 of 1996). The evolution of resettlement in Ireland is further clarified in the Government Decisions on file below.

Laws

* Refugee Act (number 17 of 1996)

Abstract

The Refugee Act was last amended in 2004. The legal basis for resettlement is contained in Section 24 “Programme Refugees":

“In this section “a programme refugee” means a person to whom leave to enter and remain in the State for temporary protection or resettlement as part of a group of persons has been given by the Government and whose name is entered in a register established and maintained by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, whether or not such person is a refugee within the meaning of the definition of “refugee” in section 2 (…).”

See also section 3 of the Act (p. 5). for the rights conferred to refugees.

Files attached to this content:

Refugee Act (number 17 of 1996) in English

Decisions

The evolution of resettlement in Ireland is clarified in the Government Decisions on file below.

Files attached to this content:

Irish Government (Cabinet) Decisions to begin, and then to expand, its Resettlement Programme

Republic of Ireland

Size: 70,000 km2

Population: 4.5 million

Year of EU Entry: 1973

In the Schengen Area: No

Protection Status Granted: 61 (2011)

Resettlement Scheme: Programme (1998)

Resettlement Quota: 200 refugees/year

Resettled Refugees: 49 (2012)

Source: The information about the size, population, in the Schengen area, and year of EU entry is taken from europa.eu.