‘A Path To Citizenship’


Minister for Justice Helen McEntee was met by celebrating activists this morning as she arrived at government buildings

This afternoon.

Government Buildings.

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has outlined a government scheme to regularise thousands of undocumented migrants who are living in Ireland.

Via RTÊ News:

Applicants must have a period of four-years undocumented residence in the State, or three years in the case of those with children.

Successful applicants will receive immigration permission, access to the labour market and will be able to begin a path to citizenship.

The six-month window aims to enable people to come forward and regularise their status, according to the Department of Justice.

The Department said studies suggest there could be up to 17,000 undocumented persons, including up to 3,000 children, and that many could be in employment, although likely low paid.

Due to the lack of reliable data it says that it is difficult to say how many will be eligible.

So, is this the end of Direct Provision, anyone?

Government scheme to regularise thousands of undocumented migrants (RTÉ)


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25 thoughts on “‘A Path To Citizenship’

  1. Mr.T

    How do you prove ” a period of four-years undocumented residence in the State”
    Is this not paradoxical? If undocumented residing in the state (overstaying visas) how will your prove that residence was here and not elsewhere?

    1. Ronan

      Was wondering this myself, but I’ve provided a reference before for citizenship, signing that someone had lived and worked here for years.

      However, it’ll need an amnesty for cash in hand employers, and cash in hand landlords, as well as some of the migrants themselves to be successful.

      I personally know people who came here with multiple fake EU passports and managed to get PPS numbers. They were since legitimised through EU expansion and quit a job and went home before they ‘arrived’ into Ireland and got a new job.

      In all likelihood, some understanding will have to be given to those with fake documents, or those who can’t vouch for migrants without identifying themselves as being in breach of employment/RTB rules.

      1. Andrew

        and when their families join them Cian? Also the state will now assume a responsibility to house them

    1. SOQ

      16 to a room on the North Circular Road, same as now. But its not as bad as it sounds, because half work 12 hour night shifts, so they can time share the eight beds.

      Isn’t cheap labour- err sorry I mean cultural diversity- such a positive contribution to Ireland?

  2. Diddy

    Good luck to them. In the meantime can we busy ourselves helping EU citizens before we start housing the worlds indigent. Thank u

  3. Cookie

    This is the planet we ALL live on.
    ALL of us live on this planet.

    Nobody has jurisdiction over anything, so stop your nonsense. All that crap is temporary.


  4. Zaccone

    All these “once in a lifetime” amnestys do is encourage more illegal immigration. Its a terrible idea.

    We’d be much better off actually controlling immigration, so we can use the limited resources available to the state to let in those who need it most – refugees fleeing real war in places like Syria, instead of economic migrants from stable countries (who the majority of these 17,000 undocumented are).

    1. Cookie

      You’re definitely NOT a racist.

      People should stay where they were born.
      I agree.
      It would be great for the economy.

      1. Zaccone

        How exactly does my point of “we should be offering the limited asylum places in our country to those who need it most” make me a racist? If anything that would almost always mean prioritizing helping non-white people, because white people are generally not living in war zones these days.

        Please do explain.

  5. Herzog

    How can the same state that orders your deportation offer you a path to citizenship? You’d think those things would be mutually exclusive.

  6. Broadbag

    By the way the ‘demonstrators’ were supporters not protestors, hence their positive signs. They were thanking her on the way in…which feels a wee bit stage-managed, but whatever.

  7. Elaine

    Cheap labour legalized more like, at what point will Irish politicians realize population size doesn’t equal success for an economy, it’s about innovation.
    The mummies in D4 were getting nervous about their illegal nannies therefore we must legalize, they will lobby for zero hour contracts soon when they realize they have to pay said nannies a decent salary.
    6 billion on NGO’s that the majority in this country would not mandate if asked, the NGO’s are filled with far left open boarder advocates masquerading as center left, professional talkers and tweeters from the humanities department, a whole industry created to lobby on behalf of big business looking for cheap labour under the guise of humanitarianism, it’s a human ponzi scheme.
    An uncomfortable reality is the fact that some nations provide migrants who genuinely contribute while other nations don’t, see the disaster unfolding in Sweden and Denmark as an example, they lump all migrants into one statistical group, separate this and see the reality, the label racist is thrown about when you point out the glaringly obvious, one thing we can be sure of the NGO sector won’t be disbanding so we can free up the 6 billion for housing, the professional humanitarians will be buying second homes soon.

    1. Andrew

      excellent post Elaine, this is an industry that only benefits the already privileged puts downward pressure on wages of the working poor and adds to the strain on public services and housing.
      If people want open borders, be up front and say so, and explain how it’s going to work and then let the people vote on it.

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