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Zero work permits applications for asylum seekers shows Right to Work is out of reach – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

21 March, 2018 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Zero applications have been received to date for an employment permit from International Protection applicants by the Department of Business since it implemented new measures on the back of the Supreme Court ruling granting asylum seekers the right to work.

This morning Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire stated that the bar has been purposely set too high by the Department;

“Last evening I received a PQ reply (12065/18 - below) stating that the Department of Business and Employment has received zero applications for work permits since implementing new interim measures on Feburauy 9th.

“This is evidence to back up the assertion that the interim measures drafted by the Department were a purposeful setting of a bar that is too high for those wishing to seek employment.

“How asylum seekers have been treated by this State upon their arrival has been nothing short of disgraceful, and this reaffirms the states unwillingness to treat those who wish to work with respect, despite the landmark Supreme Court ruling last month.

“The Department must immediately act to rectify this and implement the ruling immediately, with no unreasonable constraints being placed on those wishing to apply for work permits.”

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