The entitlement of asylum seekers to their human rights
That applying for refugee status in Ireland is a lengthy process, which can fail to recognise the particular circumstances of the person seeking asylum and overall lacks transparency and fairness.
Conference further notes:
That asylum seekers are living in very poor conditions and that barriers exist in relation to asylum seekers participating in Irish society.
Conference therefore calls for:
1. (a) The Office of the Refugee Application Commissioner to be replaced by an independent human rights body to ensure that individuals are assessed on the grounds of international human rights laws which have been ratified by the Irish government.
(b) Extra resources to be put in place to ensure that cases are examined in a shorter time frame.
(c) Asylum seekers to be entitled to proficient translators during interviews.
2. (a) Asylum seekers to be given the opportunity to participate in paid employment.
(b) Payment of €19.10 a week to be increased to a more realistic sum to ensure a sufficient standard of living.
(c) The living conditions of asylum seekers, particularly in relation to overcrowding in accommodation and the poor quality of food, to be improved.
(d) Greater provision of activities for asylum seekers.
(e) Research to be carried out into child poverty among asylum seekers and for the State to ensure asylum seeking children have the same rights and entitlements as Irish children.
(f) The State to increase its funding to SPIRASI, a voluntary organisation that works with asylum seekers who have survived torture.