Immigration report: Too many cases

A report released yesterday has criticised the Department of Social Protection for the way it deals with some immigrants.

The report, called Person or Number, examines the issues faced by immigrants in accessing welfare services in the country.

It found that immigrants have had to deal with incidents of rudeness, inappropriate behaviour, abusive language, and outright racism.

The study also shows at least five cases where it was clear that applicants had very little English to fully understand the application procedures yet in none of these cases was the person offered an interpreter. One immigrant was allegedly told by a social welfare officer to “go back home”.

The report was carried out by FLAC, Crosscare, and the Irish Immigrant Support Centre.

The numbers involved may be small but they are nonetheless worrying. Eight cases of racism was identified among 35 dealt with in the report.

That’s eight cases too many.


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