Report Prepared for the European Commission Directorate-General Home Affairs and published by the ESRI
Joyce, Corona, Annual Policy Report on Migration and Asylum 2009: Ireland, Dublin, ESRI, July, 2010
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This report is the sixth in a series of Annual Policy Reports, a series
which is intended to provide a coherent overview of migration and asylum
trends and policy development during consecutive periods beginning in
Ireland continued to experience a period of economic crisis in 2009,
with Gross National Product (GNP) and employment both contracting by
over 8 per cent. The recession and financial crisis also led to a very rapid
deterioration in the public finances and a dramatic shortfall of government
revenue over expenditure. Two budgets took place in Ireland during 2009:
a supplementary budget in April 2009 and Budget 2010 in December 2009.
Changes arising included a reduction in Overseas Development Aid
(ODA) and an overall reduction of 15 per cent in figures allocated to
‘Immigration and Asylum’ services within government departments.
During 2009 local elections were held in Ireland on 5 June, the same day
as voting in the European Elections and two by-elections in Dublin South
and Dublin Central.
On 22 April 2009, John Curran was appointed Minister of State at the
Departments of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs; Education and
Science; and Justice, Equality and Law Reform with special responsibility
for Integration and Community.1
In October 2009, a Renewed Programme for Government was agreed by the
Green Party and Fianna Fáil. Regarding immigration and integration, the
Programme outlined a number of planned changes following on from the
commencement of the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill, 2008. Changes
included announcement of schemes for consideration of cases of persons
who have become undocumented through no fault of their own and for
non-EEA work permit holders who have become redundant; consideration
of extension of the Ombudsman’s remit in relation to certain immigration
matters, having ‘due regard for the need to avoid systemic delays’; and
removal of the Labour Market Needs Test for current and future work
permit holders who have been made redundant. Regarding unaccompanied
minors, the Programme announced the introduction of a scheme to
examine the cases of ‘aged-out’ unaccompanied minors over the age of 18
years on a ‘case-by-case basis’ and asserted that government would ‘operate
fully the provisions of the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill as they
relate to unaccompanied minors’, and committing to reviewing the Act and
‘if necessary, improve its operation in this regard’.
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