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 Dear Supporter,

This bulletin contains updates on what has been a particularly busy period with the Immigrant Council of Ireland responding to disturbing cases which have raised several issues while also celebrating good news with families re-united and growing support for our anti-trafficking work.
 
We await the findings of the reports into the removal of two children from their families in the Roma community which raised the spectre of racism and racial profiling. It is important too that lessons are learned and procedures put in place to try and prevent any recurrence.
 
The Council has always been pro-active in combatting racism and October saw the publication of a draft anti-racist bullying template for schools which has been warmly received and is available online for students, parents and teachers.
 
In recent weeks four more local councils have passed motions supporting the Turn Off the Red Light Campaign which seeks to end exploitation, abuse and human trafficking by targeting demand, or the buyers of sex. We are of course one of the founding members of the campaign.
 
There has been good news too from our legal team, with more happy scenes as families are re-unified.
 
2014 will see us join campaigners across the EU in highlighting the plight of 600,000 Stateless Persons in Europe and we have started our efforts to increase awareness of this important issue.

Finally a reminder that from November 25th, the Immigrant Council as a member of the Domestic Violence Coalition, will be taking part in the 16 days of action opposing violence against women, there will be full updates across our Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as on our website
 
All this work would not be possible without your continued support.
 
Regards
 
Denise Charlton,
Chief Executive,
Immigrant Council of Ireland
 
 
  1. Roma Cases
  2. Keeping Racism out of the classroom and playground
  3. Training air crews to combat human trafficking
  4. Register for elections 2014 
  5. Free movement of workers network
  6. Stateless Persons
  7. Turn Off the Red Light
  8. Good news from our Legal Team
 
  
Roma Cases
 
The removal of children from two families of the Roma community has raised serious issues which the Immigrant Council of Ireland believes must be addressed. As events were unfolding the Council took a lead role in raising concerns both in the media and through our advocacy work at Leinster House.

We now await the findings of the various reports, including the inquiry being carried out by the Ombudsman for Children.
 
Our concerns were outlined in a news release which can be accessed here. Since the issuing of our statement, Dáil assurances have been given that the social welfare checkpoints will not involve racial profiling.
 
 
Keeping Racism out of the classroom and playground
 

 
A fantastic day was held in Dunboyne when we launched our template for schools to introduce policies to combat racism.
 
The publication is part of our commitment to be proactive and make a positive contribution to the efforts to stop racism. Full details of the launch are available here.
 
 
Training air crews to combat human trafficking
 
As lead partner in the European Commission backed ‘Stop Traffick’ project, the Immigrant Council of Ireland has developed a new tool to train airline, airport and other transport workers to identify victims of trafficking.
 
We believe that such workers can offer a final chance for victims to seek help before they are completely at the mercy of pimps and traffickers. Details of the project are available here
 
 
Register for Elections 2014
 

 
You must act now to ensure you can have your say in the forthcoming European and Local Elections. Voting day may seem a long way off, but voters must be on the register by November 25th. We are one of the partners behind a poster and information campaign in 17 languages reminding people to register.
 
Free Movement of Workers Network
 
On 17-18 October 2003, our Senior Solicitor, Hilkka Becker, attended the Annual Conference of the Free Movement of Workers Network in Vilnius, Lithuania.
This Network is coordinated by the Centre for Migration Law of the Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands (under the supervision of the European Commission) and one of the activities of this Network is the annual production of a European report on the implementation of EU free movement law in the Member States.
This report is published on the website of the Commission:

Papers delivered at the conference included topics such as the Status of ‘Migrant Worker’, Retention of the status of Worker, Access to Social Assistance Benefits for EU Citizens in another Member State as well as the issue of Social and Tax Advantages. Speakers included Paul Minderhoud, Coordinator Network on Free Movement of Workers, Radboud University, Nijmegen; Elspeth Guild, Jean Monnet Professor ad personam, Radboud University, Nijmegen; Gillian Moore, DG Employment in the European Commission, Brussels; Ryszard Cholewinski of the Labour Migration Branch (MIGRANT) in the International Labour Office, Geneva; and Yves Pascouau of the European Policy Centre, Brussels.
Papers delivered at the conference can be obtained upon request to the Immigrant Council of Ireland.
 
Stateless Persons

The Immigrant Council is joining over 50 organisations across 30 countries in the European Network against Statelessness to ensure that rights and protections are offered to an estimated 600,000 people all over Europe. Our involvement was announced in recent weeks as we prepare for a day of action on the issue in 2014. Further details here
 
Turn Off the Red Light
 

 
EU Anti Trafficking Day was marked at Leinster House when we were joined by politicians from all sides for a media event to highlight our calls for laws against sex buyers.
Such laws have been unanimously recommended by the Oireachtas Justice Committee.
 
As a founding member of the Turn Off the Red Light Campaign the Immigrant Council is continuing extensive advocacy work to achieve our goal. October also saw the number of local authorities supporting the campaign increase to 18. You can add your voice here
 
Good news from the legal team

One of our clients was informed by the Department of Justice that his wife could join him and their 16 month old daughter in Ireland. The Immigrant Council of Ireland represented the couple in their application for a visa. The family will be reunited in Dublin in the coming weeks.

Our client had previously made unsuccessful visa applications for his wife to join him from the Philippines after their marriage over two years ago. We submitted that it would be in the best interests of the Irish citizen child to be raised in the company of her mother as well as her Irish father. We referred to the General Comment published by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child which notes: “When the child’s relations with his or her parents are interrupted by migration, preservation of the family unit should be taken into account when assessing the best interests of the child in decisions on family reunification.” 
 


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