Thursday 14 December 2017

Migrant workers demand new residency scheme

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

THE Irish Migrant Rights Centre today presented over 4,000 signatures to the Department of Justice calling for a new way for undocumented workers to earn residency rights here.

The petition has urged the Government to introduce an "earned residency scheme" where undocumented migrants can apply for legal status after five years.

A spokesperson for the campaign said that there were currently 30,000 undocumented people currently living in the Ireland.

They come from a wide range of countries including Brazil, the Philippines and Pakistan.

Around 30 people, including a number of undocumented migrants, presented the petition to the minister's special advisor at the department headquarters.

There is currently no process to allow undocumented migrants, such as those still working here despite an expired visa, to gain regularisation.

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