Today my first article appeared in the Opinion. I will share it with you here, as it doesn’t appear online. Refugees, what to expect, what to do and how to carry on from here. Ukraine is on our mind each day. Over 5000 refugees from the war-torn country have arrived in Ireland so far. As […]
My question is now, don’t you think that it is time to support people like myself, the social entrepreneurs of this country, the ones who establish the social enterprises you so like to celebrate. Are we martyrs, or are we valuable entrepreneurs who provide services that are badly needed, but of which the state had no idea they were needed or how to implement them.
I have no wealth, not even any possessions to give away. But I think I have taught my children what it means to love. I do think, although I am left with very little, that my children are proud of me, of how I have stood up for what I believe in, and how I have touched the world around me.
So over the years, I got to know a lot of people, mostly in Cork, but further afield as well. And what I noticed, once the right to work was there, was the serious challenges in finding work for people seeking international protection, but also finding the work they were qualified for.
They had been fighting for it for many years, and on June 27th this year, the announcement finally came. Asylum seekers in Ireland will be allowed to access the labour market without restrictions, apart from the obvious ones, like the civil servant jobs, or the gardaí. Everybody was delighted. At last! Fathers would be able […]
Ireland has recently signed up to the EU directive on the asylum process. We are looking at asylum seekers being granted the right to work. In November 2017 the asylum seekers across Ireland got quite excited when they learned about the goverment’s plan to grant those who were not yet refused refugee status, and were […]
Of course, I do understand why an inspection could be necessary, especially since I noticed that in the social welfare office and the community office every document you produce is considered to be fake, and everything you say is considered a lie, even my birth certificate was looked at with suspicion. ( I had to point out to the lady in the SWO that ‘September’ in Dutch means ‘September’ in English. I keep forgetting that Anglophones find understanding other languages very difficult).