Concern over refusal of refugees
Published 19/06/2010 | 05:00
THE Irish Refugee Council said a study needed to be carried out to see why Ireland accepted so few asylum seekers, writes Shane Hickey.
It said just 4pc of those who applied here for refugee status here were given the go-ahead.
Yesterday, the agency marked World Refugee Day with a number of events in Dublin.
Chief executive Sue Conlan said it was difficult to see why there was such a variance across EU countries as to the exact amount of refugees who were accepted.
"There is a lot of work to be done as to why that is and whether we are actually failing to recognise those who really do need protection," she said.
Lord Mayor Emer Costello was joined by a number of TDs and senators on Grafton Street to celebrate the international day.
"On this day, it is important for us to recognise that Ireland has offered sanctuary to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of conflict," she said.