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

Policy statements and debates


Government Decisions

Links to details of Irish Government Decisions on Resettlement taken in 1998 and 2005

The Irish Government Decision (1998) to begin a Refugee Resettlement Programme and the Decision (2005) to expand that programme may be found under the legal and administrative framework section. Below are two links which reference those decisions.

The debate in the upper house of the Irish parliament, Seanad Éireann, as to the decision to begin a refugee resettlement programme: (accessed on 23 April 2012) at:;

The official website of the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration (which is responsible for Refugee Resettlement in Ireland) makes mention of both decisions: (Source: Website of the Office of Promotion of Migrant (accessed on 23 april 2012) at:

Parliamentary Debate

Links to recent questions and answers in the Irish Houses of Parliament - Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann

Many questions were asked in June and July 2012 with regard to the potential for EU and wider resettlement of refugees from refugee camps in Iraq. 'Camp Ashraf' and 'Camp Lberty' were a particular focus for attention.


June 27th 2012 - Jim Walsh TD and Lucinda Creighton TD (Minister of State for European  Affairs)                                                     

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