262. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the measures he has taken to avoid further underspending of EU integration funding; if he has acted on advice from the EU Commission to strengthen Ireland’s administration of the funds and make use of available technical assistance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17391/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): My Department avails of funding under the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) to fund activities to support the integration of migrants who have come to Ireland.
In 2016 the EU Funds Unit was established, within the Asylum Services, Integration and Equality Division of my Department, to ensure, in cooperation with all the agencies and organisations involved, that all t...

273. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will report in tabular form on the commitments made on refugees; the timeline for accommodating same; the number of refugees who have arrived here to date in 2018 under the resettlement and relocation mechanisms; the commitments made to accept unaccompanied minors here; the number of unaccompanied minors who have been accommodated to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17594/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The Government established the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) in September 2015 as part of the State’s humanitarian response to the EU migration crisis and  agreed to accept up to 4,000 asylum seekers and refugees into Ireland under EU relocation and Resettlement programmes. Ireland voluntarily opted into the two EU Council Decisions on Relocation (2015/1523) and (2015/1601), which provided for the EU ...

96. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the supports available for those with refugee status and that have been approved for family reunification by his Department; the supports assisting those in emergency reception and orientation centres to move to permanent accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13426/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Persons granted international protection status (refugee status or subsidiary protection status) can access State provided supports and services on the same basis as nationals. This includes full access to the labour market, education, healthcare and social housing assistance, where the established eligibility criteria are met. Eligibility is assessed by the relevant local authority. Beneficiaries with independent means can source a...

97. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the statutory and voluntary agencies which are responsible to him for the resettlement of refugees; the practices and procedures in place to resettle such persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13428/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) was established by Government Decision on 10th September 2015 as a direct response to the humanitarian crisis that developed in Southern Europe as a consequence of mass migration from areas of conflict in the Middle East and Africa.  Under this programme, the Government had pledged to accept a total of 4,000 persons into the State.  The bulk of these persons were inte...

148. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason there has been no refugee resettlement program in Dublin to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7767/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The Government established a Taskforce in September 2015 to manage and coordinate the logistical aspects of resettling people in Ireland under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP). Minister Charles Flanagan T.D. and I participate in the Taskforce which is composed of key Government Departments, State Agencies and non-State actors.
Concern was expressed by the Taskforce at the difficulty in identifying su...

239. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of jobs that have been created in the emergency reception and orientation centre, Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon to date; the number projected for 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6703/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre in Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon is contracted to provide accommodation, catering, housekeeping, general maintenance, security and other services for persons who have been relocated to Ireland under the EU relocation programme.
The contractor is required to keep the Department informed about staffing details. There are currently 36 persons directly employed in th...

240. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the contracts awarded for services (details supplied) that are provided to ensure the running of the emergency reception and orientation centre, Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6704/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): All ancillary services including laundry, cleaning, catering supplies etc., provided in accommodation centres under contract to the Department of Justice and Equality are included in the contract agreed following negotiations with the principal contractor.
The Department only holds details of this primary contract for the provision of services to the residents in Ballaghaderreen and would not hold the details of ...

266. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of unaccompanied minors that have been resettled here from Calais following the cross party Dáil Éireann Motion of 10 November 2016. (Question 6210/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): During 2017, Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, put in place the capacity to receive a number of unaccompanied minors under the Calais Special Project. Tusla committed to relocating at least 40 unaccompanied young persons who were previously in unofficial camps near Calais, France, in line with the criteria included in the Dáil resolution. 
I am advised by Tusla that a total of 36 unaccompanied minors have arrived in Ireland un...

52. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if persons (details supplied) will be allowed to resettle here. (Question 5693/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: This question is really a plea on behalf of a very vulnerable Palestinian family for compassion and generosity on the part of the Minister and the Government. The Barud family have been acknowledged as UN refugees. They are stranded in Turkey. Four of the children are disabled and the family has nowhere to go, even though they have been acknowledged as refugees. I have talked to the Minister about this and I appreciate the conversations we have had. I hope we wi...

95. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will report on the progress of family reunification for refugees from Syria here as part of resettlement and relocation programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5668/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of my Department that Syrian nationals who arrived in the State as part of the resettlement programme and those who arrived as part of Ireland’s relocation programmes and have been granted International Protection can apply for family reunification under the provisions of the International Protection Act 2015. 
I am assured that such applications are processed as expediti...

105. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will report on the assistance given to refugees from Syria here as part of resettlement and relocation programmes to access education and employment and to have professional qualifications recognised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5669/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I wish to inform the Deputy that while the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) is overseen at national level by my Department, all service provision is mainstreamed.  
The Department of Education and Skills has put in place, through local Education and Training Boards (ETB), interim arrangements for education.  This includes, for example, English Language training for children and adults in the Emergency Re...

103. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of refugees admitted here under the resettlement and relocation programmes; if the target of accepting 4,000 refugees by the end of 2017 will be reached; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52459/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): As the Deputy is aware, the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) was established by Government Decision on 10 September 2015 as a direct response to the humanitarian crisis that developed in Southern Europe as a consequence of mass migration from areas of conflict in the Middle East and Africa.  Under this programme, the Government has pledged to accept a total of 4,000 persons into the State.  Of these, 2,6...

48. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will use his discretionary powers in a humanitarian manner to allow relatives of Syrian residents here, who may be in equally dangerous situations as those of refugees, apply for family reunification under the family reunification humanitarian admission programme; his plans to redefine “family member” using the broader terms proposed in the International Protection (Family Reunification) (Amendment) Bill 2017; and if he will consider setting aside a budget to pay the administration and travel costs of bringing the family members of refugees that often have no means here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51496/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Acting Chairman (Deputy Frank O’Rourke): Deputy Kenny has 30 seconds to introduce his question.
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110. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will report on the progress of the refugee programme and the work being carried out on the integration and welfare of refugees on the programme. (Question 51753/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) was established by Government Decision on 10 September 2015 as a direct response to the humanitarian crisis that developed in Southern Europe as a consequence of mass migration from areas of conflict in the Middle East and Africa.  Under this programme, the Government has pledged to accept a total of 4,000 persons into the State.  Of these, 2,622 were by means of the ...

255. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of refugees resettled and relocated here in view of the fact that the former Minister for Justice and Equality in September 2015 pledged to relocate and resettle 4,000 refugees by September 2017; and when the Government now plans to reach that target. (Question 51885/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): As the Deputy is aware, the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) was established by Government Decision on 10 September 2015 as a direct response to the humanitarian crisis that developed in Southern Europe as a consequence of mass migration from areas of conflict in the Middle East and Africa.  Under this programme, the Government has pledged to accept a total of 4,000 persons into the State.  Of these, 2,6...

4. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of refugees expected to arrive here by the end of 2017 in accordance with the EU relocation programme developed in response to the Syrian refugee crisis; the locations of those who have already arrived; and his plans to settle these refugees around the country. (Question 44534/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Deputy Eamon Ryan: Questions were taken more quickly than I thought they would be, but I appreciate being able to ask this one. It arises from a concern I have about Syrian refugees based in Greece who have looked to be assigned in Ireland and who have been told that they cannot come here because we do not have accommodation. I know that refugees here are in welcoming centres, but they have been in them for too long and need to be located in the community. I ask the Minister for an update on ...

23. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will make provision for family members over 18 years of age and those in a more extended family to be included in family reunification visas for persons who are here as part of the Irish refugee protection programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44222/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware, the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP), allows for Syrians and other eligible nationalities to benefit from resettlement and relocation schemes, and offers them protection status in Ireland in their own right including all the rights and privileges that that entails. Family reunification entitlements for those granted International Protection in Ireland are governed by Sections 56 and 57 of the Internatio...

32. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the supports for persons here as part of the Irish refugee protection programme; if he has had engagement with these refugees to improve the level of support; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44221/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) was established by Government Decision on 10 September 2015 as a direct response to the humanitarian crisis that developed in Southern Europe as a consequence of mass migration from areas of conflict in the Middle East and Africa. Under this programme, the Government pledged to accept a total of 4,000 persons into the State; 2,622 through the EU relocation mechanism...

115. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to continue relocating refugees from Greece in view of the closing of applications for the refugee relocation programme on 26 September 2017. (Question 43177/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) was established by Government Decision on 10 September 2015 as a direct response to the humanitarian crisis that developed in Southern Europe as a consequence of mass migration from areas of conflict in the Middle East and Africa. Under this decision, a programme office was established in my Department to oversee the operational aspects of the programme, which aims to...

116. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the details of the community sponsorship programme for refugees committed to by the Government in September 2017; the progress towards establishing same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43178/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I presume that the Deputy is referring to PQ 254 of 3 October 2017 wherein I stated that both I and officials in the Irish Refugee Protection Programme were well disposed to working with colleagues in the NGO sector to develop a viable community sponsorship model as a prospective way of furthering Ireland’s resettlement programme and fostering links between host communities and new arrivals. 
It would be prematur...

138. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if English classes are provided to Syrian refugees residing in accommodation centres under the scope of his Department’s resettlement programme; the persons who can attend such classes; the number of hours per week over the number of weeks these classes are provided; if these classes are accompanied by reading or listening materials students can study in their own time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41792/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 138 to 142, inclusive, and 195 together.
Individual ETBs provide the following categories of education within the IRPP EROCs:
- A transitional primary school programme is provided on-site in individual EROCs. The programme introduces children and their families to the Irish education system whilst also fostering social and personal development and cultural integration.
- Post primary education, which inc...

139. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the English language supports provided to refugees resident in emergency reception and orientation centres, EROCs, who have come here under the refugee protection programme; the persons among this cohort of refugees who are eligible for such supports; the number of hours of tuition provided on a weekly basis; the number of weeks that such tuition is provided; the way in which persons are facilitated to study in their own time with reading or listening materials; if each person is tracked by his Department in terms of their progress; and the percentage of uptake among the cohort of refugees in question. (Question 41793/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 138 to 142, inclusive, and 195 together.
Individual ETBs provide the following categories of education within the IRPP EROCs:
- A transitional primary school programme is provided on-site in individual EROCs. The programme introduces children and their families to the Irish education system whilst also fostering social and personal development and cultural integration.
- Post primary education, which inc...

140. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if English classes are provided to Syrian refugees and asylum seekers once they leave accommodation centres and are placed in their resettlement communities; if these classes are provided in a routine manner, for example, if they are provided from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. five days per week; and if there is a cost to these persons for same. (Question 41794/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 138 to 142, inclusive, and 195 together.
Individual ETBs provide the following categories of education within the IRPP EROCs:
- A transitional primary school programme is provided on-site in individual EROCs. The programme introduces children and their families to the Irish education system whilst also fostering social and personal development and cultural integration.
- Post primary education, which inc...

141. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the level of English language supports provided to refugees who have come here under the refugee protection programme and are now settled in communities; the number of refugees who have come through the programme, moved on from EROCs and are now living in communities; the number of such refugees by education and training board, ETB, area; the amount of tuition hours provided for persons on a weekly basis; the number of weeks that such tuition is made available; the percentage uptake of person to this tuition by ETB area; the monetary costs associated with accessing English language supports provided by ETBs; and if each person is tracked by his Department or local ETB in terms of their progress. (Question 41795/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 138 to 142, inclusive, and 195 together.
Individual ETBs provide the following categories of education within the IRPP EROCs:
- A transitional primary school programme is provided on-site in individual EROCs. The programme introduces children and their families to the Irish education system whilst also fostering social and personal development and cultural integration.
- Post primary education, which inc...

142. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of providing 12 months of English classes and accompanying basic reading and listening materials to each Syrian refugee who enters the resettlement programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41796/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 138 to 142, inclusive, and 195 together.
Individual ETBs provide the following categories of education within the IRPP EROCs:
- A transitional primary school programme is provided on-site in individual EROCs. The programme introduces children and their families to the Irish education system whilst also fostering social and personal development and cultural integration.
- Post primary education, which inc...