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Thursday, February 10, 2011

UNHCR Ireland Calls for Nominations for Prestigious Refugee Award

UNHCR Ireland Calls for Nominations for Prestigious Refugee Award

Dublin, January 25th 2011: What do former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt,

the people of Canada and Optometrist Akio Kanai have in common? All
three are previous winners of the prestigious Nansen Refugee Award,
conferred by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in recognition of
extraordinary and dedicated service to the cause of refugees. In the
lead up to the February 28th deadline for nominations for the award,
UNHCR Ireland is calling for nominations of individuals or groups in
Ireland who may be deserving of the Nansen Refugee Award.

Ms. Sophie Magennis Head of Office, UNHCR Ireland said “A nominee

does not need to be famous. They are frequently the unsung heroes
involved in work supporting refugees, forcibly displaced or stateless
people”. Speaking about the great contribution of people in Ireland to
the refugee cause, Ms Magennis said “There are many people who do
incredible work with refugees in Ireland and we are also aware of their
great contribution to supporting refugees around the world. We would
encourage the public or organisations to nominate some of these
people”. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres
believes it is the nominees’ ingenuity, originality and dedication
that are crucial factors, rather than the scale of the operation and the
number of its beneficiaries.

The Award is named after the late Norwegian polar explorer, Fridtjof

Nansen, who was the first League of Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees. In 2011, UNHCR will celebrate Fridtjof Nansen’s 150th
birthday. The Nansen Refugee Award boasts a long list of laureates from
very different backgrounds, including Eleanor Roosevelt, pianist Miguel
Angel Estrella of Argentina, Japanese optometrist Akio Kanai, Icelandic
student Svana Fridriksdottir and the people of Canada. Though from
diverse backgrounds, laureates share a common quality: their outstanding
commitment and selfless dedication to refugees.

The deadline for submissions is the 28th of February. People can

nominate a candidate by filling out the nomination form available online
at or by contacting the UNHCR Ireland office to
request one: (01) 631 4510.


Selection of Previous Winners of the Award:

2010 - British photojournalist Alixandra Fazzina received the Nansen

Medal for her dedication to documenting and publicising the consequences
of war through photography.

2008 - Former British Soldier Chris Clark and his team detected and

destroyed large quantities of unexploded ordnance and tens of thousands
of mines, including cluster bomblets.

2007 - Japanese optometrist Akio Kanai provided free eyesight tests and

handed out more than 100,000 pairs of spectacles to forcibly displaced
people, many of whom had lost their spectacles while fleeing their

2002 - Captain Arne Rinnan, she was in charge of the container ship MV

Tampa when it rescued 438 boat people in the Indian Ocean on August 26,
2001, despite the risk of substantial delays and a large financial loss
to the company.

1986 - The People of Canada, as a leading contributor to international

humanitarian and refugee aid programmes and as a country with one of the
best records for resettlement of refugees. They are the only country to
have received the award as a nation.

1972 - Svana Fridriksdottir, an Icelandic student who through a

day-long fund-raising campaign held in five Nordic countries raised US$6
million to help African refugees.

1960 - Christopher Chataway, Colin Jones, Trevor Philpott and Tim

Raison for their work in the World Refugee Year (WRY) of 1959 involving
45 countries and raised tens of millions of dollars. It is said to have
helped inspire the later campaign, Live Aid.

1954 - Eleanor Roosevelt won the first Nansen Award for her fight for

universal freedom of speech and religion, freedom from fear and want.
She chaired the committee that drafted and a
pproved the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights.

Yolanda Kennedy

Associate External Relations Officer
UNHCR Ireland

Friday, December 3, 2010

Dear Community Member,

I would like to inform you about an upcoming event in the Irish Film Institute: The Moving Worlds - Cinemas of Migration film festival, organised by FOMACS and EUNIC, which will be a series of film screenings, related masterclasses, and Q&A sessions (please see the link to the programme below).

I would particularly like to draw your attention to three films: 'Neukolln Unlimited', 'Family Exile Movie', and 'Return to Hansala'. In all these films questions of Muslim faith and identity are addressed, in the context of immigration, cross-cultural communication, and social integration. The screenings are accompanied by after-film Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. Related special masterclasses (please see the link to the programme below) will also be held.
Perhaps this event will be of interest to you personally; however, I would also like to ask you to forward this message to your contacts, as well as other Muslim student- and professional organisations you might be involved in.

We hope that the films will be attended by members of Muslim communities in Ireland.
Thank you very much for your support and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Agnes Kakasi


Monday, November 15, 2010

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We're pleased to launch Belonging - a FOMACS/ICI production - which articulates a diversity of young voices as they express and reflect upon their everyday lives and views on the future. Belonging was conceived and produced over two weekend workshops, where photography, video and music acted as a catalyst for collective discussion about group and individual identities, friendships, the notion of community and family, race and religion. The workshops allowed participants to respond to issues of ‘belonging’ and ‘home’ and to take part in a lively conversation about emergent Irish identities and what and who is counted as being ‘Irish’ from the perspective of young people growing up in Ireland today. See here to view the DVD.

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Belonging is one of several FOMACS ‘Youth Media’ projects where media is conceived as a tool for young people to be the creators and producers of their own messages, exploring cultural identities and enabling social change. As one participant at the Belonging workshop said: We have a voice but we haven't been given the microphone.

Stay tuned for more Youth Media workshops at FOMACS - specifically, a 'DJ Mixing and Music workshop' and a 'Youth and Social Media Workshop' at the forthcoming Moving Worlds: Cinemas of Migration Film Festival in December.

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new European Refugee Fund Call

Below are details of the new European Refugee Fund Call for Proposals for Community Actions issued by the EU.

European Refugee Fund Community Actions Call for Proposals 2010

Community Actions
The European Commission is responsible for the management of the actions selected under Community actions (centralized management).

Call for proposals ERF 2010

In relation to the European Refugee Fund (ERF), the European Commission adopts each year an annual work programme and invite bids for calls for proposals and/or tenders for transnational actions in the interest of the Community (i.e. Community actions). In October 2010, the Commission published its latest call under the ERF Community actions 2010. The deadline to answer the call is 14 December, 2010. All documents related to the call for proposals are available on: -

As the European Commission is responsible directly for the selection of proposals and the management of the actions, all enquiries regarding this call should be made DIRECTLY to the European Commission.


Anne Bevan

Office of the Minister of State for Integration

43-49 Mespil Road
Dublin 4

We would like to invite your community to a Christmas Family event

We would like to invite your community to a Christmas Family event - the 2nd Paskong Pinoy sa Dublin (“Filipino Christmas in Dublin”).

Paskong Pinoy sa Dublin is a chorale festival featuring the various Filipino chorale groups in Ireland. It was pioneered in 2009 by the newly-established Embassy of the Philippines in Ireland in cooperation with the Filipino Community Network (FCN). The concert is aimed at bringing the spirit of a true Filipino Christmas to Ireland through carols, fellowship, and traditional Filipino delicacies.

Date: 11 December 2010
Time: 04:00 PM
Place: Trinity Church Network, The Exchange, 50 Gardiner St. Lower, Dublin 1
Admission: Free of charge

This is an open event for all families and communities to celebrate Christmas - Filipino style. We look forward to having you on December 11th!

Please response your RSVP to this email.

We greet you in advance – Merry Christmas to all! Maligayang Pasko sa inyong lahat!

Yours sincerely,

Chairman, Filipino Community Network

Thursday, September 9, 2010

IOM Ireland E-Newsletter

August 2010, Issue # 3

Welcome to the third issue of the IOM Ireland E-Newsletter! International Organisation for Migration
IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 127 member states, a further 17 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries.
IOM Ireland
Since opening in 2001, the IOM Dublin office has been engaged in a number of thematic areas which all seek to contribute to positive and humane migration. IOM Ireland is active in the following areas: Voluntary Return and Reintegration Project; Family Reunification; Counter Trafficking Activities; Research. Ireland has been an IOM Member State since 2002.

In this Issue:
IOM Ireland* IRRiCO Country of Origin information project conference* New Research project launched* Moldova monitoring Trip June 2010 IOM Worldwide* IOM responsible for the coordination of Emergency Shelter relief in Pakistan* IOM assists the 400,000 victims displaced and directly affected by the inter-ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan* IOM Launches New Project: 'Best Practices for a Coordinated Approach to Assist Unaccompanied Minors in the EU'

IRRiCO: Information on Return and Reintegration in Countries of OriginFinal Conference of Phase II IRRiCO Project held in June 2010

IRRiCO is an IOM specially designed web-based tool that facilitates the exchange of information on return and reintegration options between EU countries and countries of origin.The first phase of this useful information resource began in 2007 as a pilot project and today IRRiCO has expanded to provide information on return related queries on the following countries of origin:Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Armenia, Brazil, Cameroon, Congo DRC, Georgia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kosovo, Moldova, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Serbia, Sudan and Ukraine.Essentail information in the form of country sheets, is provided on a wode variety of issues of relevance to migrants considering to voluntarily return to their home countries. this information then assists the migrant in making a more well-informed decision on whether or not voluntary return would be a good option for the individual. Topics covered include: education; healthcare; housing; employment possibilities; business set-up opportunties; custom's regulations; transportation; telecommuniication; special care and services for vulnerable groups.As an international organisation with offices in over 100 countries worldwide, IOM is a unique position to gather reliable information from staff in countries of origin with relative immediacy. With this regard, if a migrant has a particular query that is not covered by the information on the country sheets available on the website, a message is sent to the IOM focal point for IRRiCO in the country of oigin, who then responds to the query within 5 days. Specific queries are then incorporated into the relevant country sheets and shared with future users. A final conference on phase II of the project took place in Brussels in June 2010 with staff from participating IOM offices around the world. The conference evaluated the success of the project to date on information provision to migrants considering voluntary return and the assistance this provided with regard to making a more well-informed decision.Throughout phase II of the project, over 700 questions were sent from IOM staff in EU countries to colleagues in countries of origin. The top 3 countries receiving queries were Nigeria, Kosovo and Iraq, with the majority of questions being related to medical needs, transportation and business set-up costs relating to reintegration activities.The conference participants discussed the possible expansion of IRRiCO for the next phase of the project to include additional country profiles as well as further information on entitlements and benefits in countries of origin.IRRiCO is funded by the European Return Fund and the governments of Ireland, belgium, the Netherlands and Malta.Access the IRRiCO website here:

New Research Project with the University College Cork launched:'Leave? Remain? Leading Factors in Voluntary Return or Remaining in Ireland'
IOM Ireland recently began a new research project aimed at assessing the experiences of asylum seekers and irregular migrants in Ireland and identifying their reasons to voluntarily return home to their countries of origin or to remain in Ireland.
This research will be hosted by the Department of Geography at the University College Cork, with consultations and input from researchers based in other departments; as well as practioners in migration management in Ireland and at the global level.The research will be comprised of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, to include surveys, interviews, focus groups and workshops with asylum seekers, irregular migrants and service providers in a variety of locations around the country.This project will be carried out over the coming months and a final evaluation and prpesentation oft he findings will be released for publication by Summer 2011.

Moldova Monitoring Trip June 2011
At the end of June 2010, two members of staff from the IOM Dublin office travelled to Moldova to meet with individuals and families who had previously voluntarily returned home with IOM Ireland assistance and availed of the reintegration grant. The main purpose of the trip was to monitor the reintegration activities of those who had returned and to assess and identify the most profitable and sustainable income-generating occupations. In addition to reintegration monitoring, the trip to Moldova gave staff the opportunity to visit the Chisinau Assistance and Protection Centre (CAPC) for victims of trafficking, which is now run in partnership with IOM Moldova and the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family.The Centre was first established by IOM in 2001 and it continues to be the first point of contact for persons returning home following a trafficking experience abroad. Upon arrival to Moldova, CAPC staff meet returnees at the airport and provide information on the various support programmes available to them. Onward travel is then arranged either home or to the centre if requested. At the centre, tempoary accommodation; psychological counselling; social support; medical assistance; legal support and recreational activities are provided. In addition, reintegration assistance is also provided to those choosing to stay at the centre and a plan is designed on an individual basis, based on the needs of the client. Activities included in the plan may include socio-economic empowerment; professional development; formal or informal education in addition to psychosocial and medical assistance. Clients may then also be referred on to other statutory or non-statutory organisations around the country as part of the National Referral System for victoms of trafficking.The extensive support offered by staff at the CAPC makes this facility an impressive and comprehensive service to those most in need. Further information on the Chisinau Assistance and Protection Centre can be found here:

IOM WorldWide
IOM Responsible for the Coordination of Emergency Shelter Relief in Pakistan
IOM is leading and coordinating the 40 humanitarian agencies working in Pakistan, along with the government, on emergency shelter provision. This work involves carrying out assessments of the areas in greatest need so as to ensure that aid is delivered to those most urgently requiring emergency relief. This coordinated approach enables agencies working in the region with common goals, to carry out emergency assistance in a more efficient way.An estimated 20 million people have been displaced by the floods in Pakistan in recent weeks, which have already caused approximately 1,500 deaths to date.Of those affected, hundreds of thousands have lost everything and are urgently in need of emergency shelter and other relief items.Initial rapid assessments of the damges caused by the floods so far, have highlighted the worst affected districts and regions for organisations working as part of the humanitarian relief effort. Assessments show that over 890,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed, which far exceeds initial estimates made.IOM's appeal for victims of the floods, aims to reach an additional 500,000 families across the country. Details of the emergency appeal and situational analysis can be found here:

IOM assists the 400,000 victims displaced and directly affected by the inter-ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan
Following the displacement of civilians as a result of widespread violence in Kyrgyzstan in recent months, IOM have appealed for international donor support in humanitarian aid to directly assist victims in desperate need.A recent risk assessment of the situation has shown that 75,000 people are still internally displaced and a further 25,000 are directly and seriously affected by the violence.Temporary emergency shelter is urgently needed, in addition to food supplies, emergency psycho-social assistance and emergency logistics to assist those displaced by the conflict.

IOM Launches New Project: 'Best Practices for a Coordinated Approach to Assist Unaccompanied Minors in the EU'
According to recent statistics, the European Union is experiencing an increase in asylum applications from unaccompanied minors, children under-18 years migrating to the EU without a parent or guardian.This project brings together children's rights groups and NGOs, as well as government partners, to assess the most urgent needs of unaccompanied minors in ten European countries. The overall aim of this European Commission funded initiative is toidentify gaps in assistance to unaccompanied minors and to formulate recommendations for effetive service provision for the future.The countries participating in the project are Austria; belgium; Czech Republic; France; Hungary; Italy; the Netherlands; Slovakia; Slovnia and the United Kingdom. The project will conclude at the end of 2011 with an international conference to present the findings of the research. Although Ireland is not directly involved in this initiative, the project is likely to produce useful guidelines that are relevant for the protection of migrant child rights throughout the EU.

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the number of complaints made to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman

Dear All, Further to my e-mail dated 28 July 2010, please find attached an update (as of 30th June 2010) in relation to the number of complaints made to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission alleging discrimination on the grounds of race and/ or religion. Garda Síochána (Police) Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is an independent police complaints body established by the Garda Síochána Act 2005. It became operational in May 2007. It is responsible for receiving and dealing with complaints made by members of the public concerning the conduct of members of the Garda Síochána (Irish Police). GSOC also has a role in making recommendations about how policing is conducted with a view to preventing further complaints arising in particular areas. Since it became operational, it has received 8, 091 complaints between 9th May 2007 and 30th June 2010. Of these complaints, 126 , amounting to 1.5 % of the caseload, appear to relate to allegations of discriminatory behaviour by gardaí. Of these 126 complaints, 100 complaints relate to discrimination on the grounds of race or religion as follows:No. of complaints alleging discrimination on the grounds of race and/or religion (as of 30th June 2010)
14The outcomes of these 100 complaints are:28% were deemed inadmissible;3% resulted in a sanction under the Garda Síochána (Discipline) Regulations 2007;55% no breach of Garda Síochána (Discipline)Regulations 2007 or criminal action was disclosed following investigation;14% remain open and under investigation.Complaints against members of the Garda Síochána (Police) can be made to GSOC directly or at any garda station. Contact Details for GSOC are:-Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission 150 Upper Abbey Street, Dublin 1. Tel: 1890 600 800. Further information about GSOC can be found on the following website Regards, Bernadette Phelan, The Office of the Minister for Integration, Dún Aimhirgin, 43 -49 Mespil Road,Dublin 4. Tel : 01 6473231Fax: 01 6473119