TRACKS underlines the special importance of the recent decision of the Irish Government to opt in to the Recast Reception Conditions Directive and offer asylum seekers the right to work.
To date, there has been an absolute ban on asylum seekers working in Ireland. This ban, however, was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on 30 May 2017. In response, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, announced that Ireland would opt-in to the European Union’s Reception Directive , which is a first step to protect the right of asylum seekers to work. Civil society organisations supporting asylum seekers have now turned their attention to the details of the proposed scheme for allowing asylum seekers to work, focusing on whether it will be effective in practice.