The Right to Work - Asylum Seekers in Ireland

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INTERSOS is looking for a consultant Policy researcher Jordan-Lebanon- Turkey

INTERSOS is an independent humanitarian organization that assists the victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts and exclusion. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable people.
1. Terms of reference
Job title: Policy Researcher
Duty Station: Roving (Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey)
Starting date: 24st July 2017
Duration of contract: 1.5 months
Reporting to: INTERSOS MMP Analyst
2. General context of the project
The Mixed Migration Platform (MMP) is a joint initiative of seven INGOs that provides quality mixed migration-related information for policy, programming and advocacy work, as well as critical information for people on the move. The platform also acts as a mixed migration information hub for the Middle East and focuses on people within mixed migration flows moving to, within and from the region, as well as linked secondary regions such as Europe or Central Asia and South West Asia (CASWA).
3. General purpose of the position
To provide a critical analysis of the existing OHCHR principles and guidelines - and other relevant guidelines - for the protection of the human rights of migrants in vulnerable situations. Those other guidelines include: the ILO Guiding Principles on the Access of Refugees other Forcibly Displaced Persons to the Labour Market and the IOM Migrants in Countries in Crisis guidelines.
Regional case study-based examinations of Principle 6 (human rights-based returns) and 14 (the right to work) will be used.


Irish Government has 6 month to allow asylum seekers to work

We would like to reproduce an article from the Irish Times (30th May 2017 by Ciaràn D'Arcy) on the recent judgment of the Irish Supreme Court. 

Brian Killoran of thImmigrant Council of Ireland said Ireland was one of only two EU countries, the other being Lithuania, which has a complete prohibition on asylum seekers finding employment.

The Right to Work - Asylum Seekers in Ireland


In Ireland, Supreme Court is considering right to work of asylum seekers

As formulated by Human Rights Watch “By not allowing asylum seekers to work, Ireland is an outlier among EU member states”.  

I reproduce hereafter an article from The Irish Times dated January 2017 on the denial of the right to work of asylum seekers in direct provision and provide my legal analysis from an international and European perspective.

 We would like in this post to express our support to the Irish campaigners who have long been campaigning for the removal of the governmental ban on the right to work of asylum seekers. The Irish governmental prohibition is  based on old- dated arguments that contradicts international human rights standards, human dignity, refugee law and is not supported by economical arguments. Let's hope that the Irish Supreme Court will be able to adopt a solution more in line with human dignity. 


Young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds lack the social capital to access labour market

A recent paper from the Australian Center for Cultural Youth argues that a crucial link (social capital) is missing to allow for the access of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to the labour market.

This paper aims to develop a deeper understanding of the way in which young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds experience social capital in relation to work transitions in Australia, particularly for those who are tertiary educated. This is with the intention of exploring how best to support the breadth and quality of young people’s networks to facilitate the transition to meaningful work. Access to bridging capital for the purposes of employment is an issue of equity – an essential link that is often missing for young people with a refugee or migrant experience.

Legal work rights for refugees in Malaysia is a first positive step forward

Legal work rights for refugees in Malaysia is a positive step forward but they must be offered adequate protections for the scheme to succeed long-term writes Gerhard Hoffstaedter on the Asia & the Pacific policy society blog.

Several news outlets have reported on a pilot scheme to provide work rights to 300 Rohingya refugees in Malaysia. This scheme is a cooperation between the Malaysian government and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). It has been long in the making and refugee advocates, as well as the UNHCR, have been arguing for more regularisation of refugees in Malaysia for a long time.

The announcement comes at a time of escalating violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar and reports of ethnic cleansing. The Malaysian government’s approach to the plight of the Rohingya has long been guided by the ASEAN policy of non-interference. However, last week the government demanded action from Myanmar in a public statement and summoned the Myanmar ambassador to convey their message.
Malaysia is not a signatory to the UN refugee convention or protocol and therefore does not recognise refugees legally. The UNHCR is allowed to register refugees on the understanding that the majority are to be resettled to safe third countries, such as the US, Australia, Canada and European countries. Currently, over 150,000 refugees are registered by the UNHCR with many more remaining unregistered and very vulnerable.

The UNHCR does not have sufficient means to look after so many refugees, which necessitates their employment in often dirty, dangerous and demeaning occupations. Without outside help, refugees turn to the large Malaysian shadow economy, where they find badly-paid work, are often cheated out of their wages, or worse. When accidents happen, entire families can become destitute overnight as few have health insurance or access to workers’ compensation schemes.