Over the two decades that Nasc has been in existence, we have transformed from a small, regional service to a leading national voice on areas of immigration and asylum law and policy, with a strong track record of achievements - both at an individual level and at a systemic level. Read about some of our key "wins" to promote integration, protect human rights and campaign for a more just and equal society for everyone.
The Legal Service
Thanks to additional funding from the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration we were able to increase the capacity of our legal service between 2016-2018. Together with funding from the Asylum Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) this resulted in almost a threefold increase in the people supported in 2018. Between 2016-2018, Nasc supported 3,612 individual clients, delivering interventions across a range of immigration and protection related issues. We also reunited 76 refugee families who were separated by conflict or persecution.
Advocacy and Campaigning
Throughout 2017 Nasc successfully worked to ensure that Ireland took a leading role in responding to the crisis through our successful Safe Passage campaign.
Nasc launched our successful Safe Passage Campaign in late 2016, calling for safe and legal pathways for refugees seeking protection on our shores. This campaign directly resulted in the introduction of Refugee Community Sponsorship in Ireland. We were proud to support the first community in Ireland to welcome a refugee family into their community. This campaign also led to the introduction of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme Humanitarian Admission Programme (IHAP) which provided a pathway for refugees to be joined in Ireland by extended family members.
Learn more about our Campaigns
Through our participation in the Working Group on Direct Provision and the Protection Process and subsequent advocacy and campaigning with our partners on the implementation of the key recommendations in the report, we have seen significant improvements to Ireland’s reception system including: opting into the Receptions Conditions Directive and access to the labour market; oversight of the Ombudsman and Ombudsman for Children; increases in the Direct Provision Allowances; and the improvement of physical conditions, including the introduction of cooking facilities and living areas in many centres. Through our work on the Standards Advisory Group we worked on the development of national standards that will apply across all Direct Provision Centres in Ireland. These standards, when implemented, will fundamentally transform our reception system.