News: Right To Work Granted To Asylum-Seekers

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Subject: News: Right To Work Granted To Asylum-Seekers
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Fri Jan 15 1999 - 14:23:03 EST


Wonder if this will apply for people trafficked......

Right To Work Granted To Asylum-Seekers
By Sharon Geoghegan
Ireland Today, January 11, 1999

The turn-about in Government thinking who had refused to allow
asylum-seekers to work was announced over the weekend after the Cabinet
approved the issuing of work permits. The permits may be issued not only to
asylum-seekers but to other people coming to Ireland from non-EU countries
and eastern Europe to work. Clearance to proceed with the work permits was
given to Tanaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mary
Harney by the Cabinet on Friday.

Indications of a change in Government thinking were given earlier last week
when ICTU General Secretary Peter Cassells warned of a growth in the black
economy if asylum seekers were not allowed to work while waiting for the
processing of applications. The move has been welcomed by a number of
groups and individuals who have been lobbying to allow asylum-seekers to
work. The campaign was first launched last July by the Asylum Rights
Alliance which comprised more than 100 organisations.

The Justice Minister is said to be considering anti-trafficking measures in
line with the work permits to help control the number of asylum-seekers
coming into Ireland illegally.

Melanie Orhant

Co-Director
Human Trafficking Program
Global Survival Network

P.O. Box 73214
Washington, DC 20009
T: 387-0028
F: 387-2590
Email: morhant@igc.org
www.globalsurvival.net


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