Learn a fact about refugees
Below are some simple facts about asylum seekers and refugees.
- Definitions and why do they matter?
- Refugees and asylum seekers in Ireland
- Famous refugees and famous children of refugees
Definitions and why do they matter?
It's really important that we use the correct terms and the appropriate language when dealing with sensitive subjects. It isn't about being politically correct but it's because different legal implications, rights and regulations apply depending on someone's status. Incorrect definitions can also lead to misunderstandings and in the worst cases to prejudice and negative attitudes. Click on each question below for some simple facts about that issue.
Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Ireland
- There are approximately 10,000 refugees living in Ireland today. Many other refugees who came to Ireland in the past are now Irish citizens.
- Refugees have come to Ireland from all over the globe, fleeing from persecution and conflict. Many of them have made enormous sacrifices to get themselves and their families to safety and to start, under the protection of the Irish State, to re-build their lives.
- There are currently approximately 5,293 people living in 38 reception centres around Ireland, most of whom are awaiting a decision on their application for refugee status, for subsidiary protection, or for humanitarian leave to remain (as at end February 2011).
- Asylum seekers living in these centres are provided with three meals daily.
- They receive EUR 19.10 a week per person and a further EUR 9.60 per child.
- On occasion, they may receive a supplementary payment to help cover costs such as school uniforms and school books for their children.
- They are not entitled to work.
- Children under 18 are entitled to primary and secondary level education.
- In 2011 there were 1,290 applications for refugee status in Ireland. There have been 243 applications from asylum seekers to date in 2012 (up to 31 March 2012).
To learn more about the asylum process in Ireland click here.
Famous Refugees and Famous Children of Refugees
There are many famous people in the world today and throughout history who are or were refugees, or who came from families where one or both of their parents were refugees. You might be surprised to learn about some of them like one of the most famous refugees - Albert Einstein! If you find out about any others, don't forget to let us know and we'll add them to our list - email us at email@example.com