Maresa Fagan: ‘Ireland’s Response to the Refugee Crisis: Céad Míle Fáilte?’

How does Ireland’s record on the refugee crisis and immigration fare compared to the rest of Europe?

This investigation examines Ireland’s response to the global refugee crisis in a number of ways – through data analysis, through the personal journeys of asylum seekers and refugees and through the experiences of NGOs working on the ground. It explores the reasons why so many asylum seekers are rejected in Ireland. It examines the reasons why so many people are refused entry to Ireland. It looks at the lives of those behind the statistics – the personal stories of those refused entry, refused asylum, or detained as illegal immigrants. In addition to analysing Ireland’s track record it explores how the International Protection Act (2015) and new priorities set by the government will shape how we respond into the future.

The project also addresses concerns that the new legislation means harsher detention measures and more restrictive family reunification.

Read Maresa’s work which was published in via the links below:, Monday, 12th February 2018

A nation of welcomes? New figures challenge the Republic of Ireland’s record on asylum and immigration.

Republic of Ireland’s record of granting asylum below EU average.

New figures prompt calls for greater transparency on immigration enforcement in Republic of Ireland


Personal Stories, Monday, 12th February 2018 

In search of asylum: Ibrahima’s journey

Immigration enforcement: One family’s story

In search of asylum: Khaled’s journey

Immigration enforcement: David’s story


The Irish Times, Monday, 12th February 2018

More than 28,000 non-EU citizens refused entry since 2008

Khaled’s story: ‘Direct Provision is like living in a jail’

Khaled’s story: From Sudan to Ireland