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Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in Ireland
Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in Ireland

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Authors: Paul Cullen
Publication Year: Softback 2000
Pages: 68
Size: 214 x 135mm

ISBN: 9781859182420


A critical examination of the reaction of Irish society to the arrival of asylum-seekers and refugees, and the failure of society to deal with the issue humanely and efficiently. The issue of asylum-seekers and refugees has come from nowhere to become one of the most controversial in Irish society in recent years. It has brought the best out of a minority of Irish people, and the worst out of many more. The sudden reversal of decades of emigration, and its replacement by immigration, has profoundly altered Irish self-identity. In the middle of an economic boom, on a scale never before seen, Irish standards of hospitality and adherence to standards of international human rights have been tested, and found severely wanting. The treatment of asylum-seekers became a bureaucratic shambles and a failure of generosity, and came to involve an enormous waste of human potential. The Irish, so long the victim in the pages of history, found they were not immune to racism and the tendency to blame the outsider. This book examines the track record of the Government, politicians, bureaucrats and general population in dealing with asylum-seekers and other immigrants. It tells a story of failure, negligence and missed opportunities, leavened only by a few positive outcomes and hopeful signs for the future. It places the arrival of about 10,000 asylum-seekers in Ireland over the past five years in an historical perspective, and examines developments in Europe and beyond. The response of the main organs of Irish society is assessed, and the perspective of asylum-seekers themselves examined. The book also looks at options for the future and makes a number of recommendations.

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