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International Migrants Day - 18th December 2011

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2011

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Yesterday was International Migrants Day. United Nations (UN) Member States and intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations are encouraged to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection. For more information on International Migrants Day go to: www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday.

The MRCI observed this day with a candlelit march for the undocumented in Dublin city centre on Saturday. According to the MRCI there are an estimated 30,000 migrants including children and families living undocumented in Ireland. Most have been in Ireland for several years and have been working and paying taxes. They have become deeply rooted within Irish communities. People who are undocumented live under tremendous stress and fear, are more vulnerable to exploitation and are excluded from some basic services. Most are cut off from their families which is similar to the Irish undocumented in the United States. According to the MRCI much of this issue has come about as a result of the previous government's failure to establish coherent immigration structures and policies. Ireland has the opportunity to provide a fair and responsible solution to this situation by introducing an Earned Regularisation Scheme which would benefit undocumented migrants, their families and Irish society.

For more information on the MRCI's Justice for the Undocumented - Earned Regularisation go to: www.mrci.ie/Justice-for-the-Undocumented

This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund
and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Dept of Justice & Equality & Pobal.