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

Refugee Act (number 17 of 1996)

Legal and administrative framework


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.

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Refugee Act (number 17 of 1996) in English