Ireland: MASI welcomes the decision by the minister to offer once in a generation Amnesty for 17000 undocumented migrants

12 September 2021: Lucky Khambule from StatusNow4All signatory organisation MASI – Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland:

“MASI welcomes the decision by the minister to offer once in a generation Amnesty for 17000 undocumented migrants. This comes a relief to many people mostly health care workers who have contributed immensely in this country under precarious conditions, mostly living under the cloud of deportations.

However MASI hoped that the would be extended to those who also have spend more than five years in this country with their applications still in the limbo.

We congratulate the work done by MRCI and JFU Justice for the Undocumented for this achievement.

Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland is also a signatory of StatusNow4All

[See previously: 25 March 2021: Open Letter(2) to the Prime Minister of the UK and the Taoiseach of Ireland

18 March 2021: Ireland: Undocumented Migrants Can Apply For Regularisation By End of 2021, Says Minister Helen McEntee]

22 August 2021: Independent: Undocumented migrants in Ireland offered ‘once in a generation’ amnesty

Junior minister James Browne says the move will help vulnerable women working in prostitution

Women being exploited in the sex industry are among 17,000 undocumented migrants who will have the opportunity to regularise their legal status in Ireland under a “once in a generation” amnesty.

Junior minister with responsibility for law reform James Browne is introducing the widescale amnesty, which he said could also potentially affect any Afghan nationals already living here who are undocumented.

The scheme to regularise the status of undocumented migrants who have been living in Ireland for at least four years, or three years in the case of those with children, is being brought to Cabinet next month.

In November a portal will be opened for the up to 17,000 eligible undocumented migrants living in Ireland to apply for legal status. It will remain open for six months. The scheme will give migrants unrestricted access to the labour market, and allow them to apply for citizenship later.

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