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Hope for Undocumented Migrants this Christmas as Civil Society and Political Support Grows for Earned Regularisation Scheme

Date Released: 19 December 2012

To coincide with a presentation to the Oireachtas Committee for Justice, Defence and Equality, Justice for the Undocumented campaign members gathered at Dublin City Hall to receive a message of solidarity from supporters across civil society.

Supporters* including, Trade Unions, business organisations, religious, community and voluntary sector organisations released the following statement. “As supporters of the Justice for the Undocumented Campaign who are calling for the introduction of an earned regularisation scheme, we send a message of solidarity to all undocumented migrants living in Ireland at this time.  We are concerned with the high numbers of undocumented families and children living in Ireland without rights and under tremendous stress and fear. Earned regularisation offers a practical solution that responds to the needs of the government and undocumented migrants.  2012 was a year of hope for both undocumented people who have made Ireland their home and the Irish undocumented living in the U.S. Providing a humanitarian response and turning hope into action is crucial for 2013.”

Jayson Montenegro, spokesperson for the campaign said “Support for earned regularisation is growing daily. Being in the Dail today shows the growing political interest in our situation. This along with receiving the Statement from business organisations, trade unions, religious, community and voluntary sector organisations gives me hope for the future”

Edel McGinley of Migrant Rights Centre Ireland said “the Justice Committee really listened to our concerns. We asked them to bring this to the Minister for Justice’s attention as a matter of urgency”. She continued, “We cannot let another year pass without a solution. We need to act so that next Christmas those who are undocumented and who have made Ireland their home have security and protection”.

*Supporters of Justice for the Undocumented



Chambers Ireland



Business in the Community

Depaul Ireland

Doras Luimní


Focus Ireland

Free Legal Aid Centre (FLAC)

Gay & Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN)

Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)

Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI)

Irish Refugee Council (IRC)

Integration Centre (IC)

Islamic Cultural Centre Ireland (ICCI)



National Women’s Council Ireland (NWCI)

National Youth Council Ireland (NYCI)


Society of St Vincent De Paul


Political Support

Dublin City Council

Fingal County Council

South Dublin City Council

Labour Party

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