Ireland Says Welcome Group
Who we are
Ireland Says Welcome is a membership group of Comhlámh, sharing news, information and refugee solidarity initiatives in Ireland and across Europe.
Our vision is of a welcoming, inclusive and participatory Ireland for those escaping war, persecution and poverty.
Our mission is:
• To work towards greater awareness and understanding of the experience of refugees, asylum-seekers and vulnerable migrants in Ireland and beyond;
• To strive for a more effective, inclusive and humane policy that ensures the human rights of refugees, asylum-seekers and vulnerable migrants;
• To increase cultural, social and political engagement and participation of new communities in Irish public and social life.
What we do
The Ireland Says Welcome Comhlámh group meet monthly at Comhlámh’s Dublin office to discuss, support and plan activities and solidarity initiatives on the subject of refugees and asylum seekers in Ireland. The group has formed on a practical and social front, as well as pushing for greater political will and action in addressing refugee, asylum and migrant issues.
Mapping of Solidarity Groups
Ireland Says Welcome has started a mapping process of all the organisations, community groups and NGOs around Ireland that work with and support asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants in an effort to develop a comprehensive overview of the various services and initiatives.
In 2016, Ireland Says Welcome supported campaigns that seek to call attention to the poor conditions and treatment of people living within the Direct Provision system. We took part in the United Against Racism rally to End Direct Provision, #endDP. In addition, we supported RAMSI (Refugee and Migrant Solidarity Ireland) with its #4000promises postcard campaign, advocating for the Irish Government to uphold its promise to welcome 4,000 refugees fleeing war and persecution to Ireland.
Advocacy & Political Pressure
Ireland Says Welcome has been advocating for improvements in the treatment of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Ireland and continuing to ensure that these issues will not be swept under the carpet. We have engaged with local TDs who are supportive of our work and who have submitted a parliamentary question in the Dáil on the rights of children in Direct Provision.
Comhlámh staff focal point: [email protected]