a broad based alliance of activists in Cork opposed to the
deportation of asylum-seekers.
IS was formed in January of 1998.
Immigrant Solidarity stands for -
An Amnesty For All Asylum Seekers - An End To Restrictive Legislation
On Immigration - For A Multi-cultural Ireland - An End To Fortress
Europe - Opposition To All Forms of Racism - Opposition To
Immigration Controls - The Right To Work For All
Some Home Truths
- Everyone knows that Irish people have availed of equal rights
and citizenship in a host of countries in the last 150 years -
just look at the numbers of Irish or Irish descendants there are
in England or Australia, to name just two examples. Surely, it
isn't asking too much that we should extend the same hospitality
to those who are now coming here?
- Some politicians and the media have sensationalised the
arrival of asylum seekers. Yet, at the last count, the numbers
were just 4000. This doesn't represent 'a flood', just a tiny
proportion of the huge number of refugees that exist in the EU at
the moment. According to the UN there are over 30 million refugees
- Asylum seekers who come to Ireland are not allowed to work or
study until their cases have been processed by the Government.
This can take more than 3 years. In the meantime asylum seekers
must claim social welfare (or starve). Moreover, they can only
claim social welfare at the lowest possible payment
(Supplement-ary Welfare Allowance). Asylum seekers should have
right to work.
- The Goverment is prepared to sell 'Irish' citizenship to the
rich and wealthy of the world - as some of the recent Tribunals
have shown. But asylum seekers and refugees are rarely rich or
powerful. They are most often the poor and vulnerable. For this
reason we must help them. Who else will?
What You Can Do
The Government intends to deport asylum seekers in the very near
future. It is already turning back people at Irish airports, train
stations and ports on completely racist grounds - in many cases only
on the basis of skin colour! It is doing this in our name.
The imminent deportations must be stopped. Action by you could
mean saving someone's life. Some immediate steps can be taken:
1. Register your concern immediately with the Dept of
Justice, Equality and Law Reform, 72-76 St Stephen's Green Dublin 2.
Ph: 01-6028202 Fax 01-6615461 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Express your opposition to your TD or public representative.
Insist that s/he raises the matter of the deportations in the
Dáil. Point out the urgency of the situation.
3. Raise the issue in your union and at work. If you are a
student, get your Student's Union to take a stand. Support the right
of airport and seaport workers to refuse to participate in any
4. Get involved with Immigrant Solidarity's anti-racist events.
Join us. Solidarity is strength.
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Immigrant Solidarity stands for - An Amnesty For All
Asylum Seekers - An End To Restrictive Legislation On Immigration -
For A Multi-cultural Ireland - An End To Fortress Europe - Opposition
To All Forms of Racism - Opposition To Immigration Controls - The
Right To Work For All Immigrants.
Who Are Immigrant Solidarity?