My Horrible Experience of Meeting a Social Welfare Inspector in Ireland.

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).

Ibrahim, a Syrian Refugee.

Ibrahim is a Syrian refugee, he escaped his country in 2012, and has now been living in Ireland for 5 months. Ibrahim is preparing for a one act play in ‘No Borders’, a series of plays, poetry and musical acts in support of Island to Island, a charity run by Carmel Nic Airt, on Lesbos, […]

Christian and Lucky talk about Direct provision, what social workers can do for asylum seekers, and the questions they’d like to ask politicians

Christian is from Congo-Brazaville,he has been asylum seeker in Ireland since 2012. Lucky is a South African, he was living in direct provision for the last 4 years and has now been moved to Dublin. I interviewed them during me The New Rebels show on Irish Radio International, with Irish elections in mind and also […]

Stories of migrant exploitation

I received an email from one of my followers. He tells the story of exploitation he suffered while here in Ireland. Here is the email: I paid  my employer 1,000 euro to secure my work permit, as I did with my previous employers in Ireland, this money was deducted from my wages. When I got […]

Foreign Students in Financial Distress.

Foreign students in Ireland are facing serious financial distress. They have been told all the nice stories about this country, and have chosen to come here with the promise that it would take them two to three weeks to find a job to sustain themselves. How can any country where young people emigrate every day […]