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...

195. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the average cost to a local ETB of providing 12 months of English language tuition to refugees who have been resettled under the refugee protection programme; and the costs of materials required. (Question 41797/17 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...

227. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of refugees now relocated or resettled here under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme established in September 2015. (Question 41472/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 227 and 234 together.
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...

234. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 40 of 16 February 2017, the number of refugees that have arrived here under the resettlement and relocation programmes in 2016 and to date in 2017, in view of the fact that the Government has pledged to accept a total of 4,000 persons into the State by the end of 2017; the anticipated number to arrive during the last three months of 2017; the plans in place to ensure this commitment will be met by the end of 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41535/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 227 and 234 together.
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...

240. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the safe passage campaign by an organisation (details supplied) for the introduction of a humanitarian admission programme to reunite families fleeing conflict; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41566/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Before the migration crisis escalated, the former Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr. Alan Shatter, introduced a Syrian Humanitarian Admissions Programme (SHAP), which was subject to certain conditions, including economic dependency being met by the sponsor. This was superseded by the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP), which allows for Syrians and other eligible nationalities to benefit from resettlement and relocation sche...

256. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount of extra funding being allocated to local authorities in advance of the Syrian resettlement programme; the areas to which funding is being allocated, for example, housing, English classes, rural development and community development by year and local authority, in tabular form; if this funding is coming from the European integration fund or another body; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41800/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I propose to takes Questions Nos. 256, 257 and 260 together.
The implementation of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) for resettling Syrian refugees requires a high level of coordination among service delivery agencies at the local level, with support from the IRPP. The IRPP is embedded within the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration (OPMI). My Department is mobilising European Union Fundin...

257. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if extra funding is being provided to community groups in areas in which Syrian refugees are being resettled under the Syrian resettlement programme; the number of months in advance of and after the arrival of refugees funding is being allocated; the breakdown of funding by year, name of community group, type of community activity and local authority area, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41801/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I propose to takes Questions Nos. 256, 257 and 260 together.
The implementation of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) for resettling Syrian refugees requires a high level of coordination among service delivery agencies at the local level, with support from the IRPP. The IRPP is embedded within the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration (OPMI). My Department is mobilising European Union Fundin...

259. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount of extra funding and resources being allocated to his Department in preparation for the Syrian resettlement programme and other programmes dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis; the areas to which funding is being allocated by year, section of his Department and type of resource, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41805/17 asked on 03 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 migration crisis that had developed on the southern shores of the European Union. Under this decision, a programme office was established in my Department to oversee the operational aspects of the programme, which aims to bring in 4,000 vulnerable migrants to Ireland under two dif...

260. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department has engaged with community groups on the ground in local authority areas in preparation for the Syrian resettlement programme, refugee protection programme and other departmental programmes dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis; if his Department or local authorities are being encouraged to engage with community groups; if so, the means or resources through which it is engaging; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41806/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I propose to takes Questions Nos. 256, 257 and 260 together.
The implementation of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) for resettling Syrian refugees requires a high level of coordination among service delivery agencies at the local level, with support from the IRPP. The IRPP is embedded within the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration (OPMI). My Department is mobilising European Union Fundin...

548. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Syrian refugees resettled here in 2016 and to date in 2017; the anticipated number to be settled during the last quarter of 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38088/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 548 and 643 together.
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...

643. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of refugees to date in 2017 that have arrived here under the relocation and resettlement programmes, in tabular form; 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 38324/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 548 and 643 together.
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...

137. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the criteria which is used for selecting refugees; the way in which persons are prioritised; and when the resettlement programme will begin in Mullingar, County Westmeath. (Question 31633/17 asked on 05 Jul 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The Deputy’s attention is drawn to the responses to his Parliamentary Questions No. 142 of 9 May last and No. 130 of 4 April last which stated that, in respect of Ireland’s resettlement programme, refugees are identified and proposed to Ireland by the UNHCR. They must meet the criteria set out in Article 1F of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (“the Geneva Convention”) and be deemed eligibl...