29 September 2014
At the recent AGM of Immigration Control Platform the following motions
1 I.C.P. calls on the Ministers for Justice and Education to reject calls
for the right of asylum seekers to free third level education on the three
a) Since most asylum seekers in Ireland, as elsewhere, are found to be
abusing the system and not deserving of protection, it is unjust that such
a privilege be extended to them at the expense of the Irish citizenry.
b) It is against principles of fairness that non-EU people with residency
rights here should not be entitled to this, when those without such
residency rights get it.
c) MOST IMPORTANTLY, that such a move would be calculated to greatly
increase the inflow of " unaccompanied minors", which is the most
burdensome area of asylum seeking.
2 I.C.P. seeks a constitutional referendum to change Article 34.3.1 of the
constitution by adding the words "apart from matters of international
protection, immigration and deportation", so that there will be no judicial
review available in relation to those matters.
3 I.C.P. deplores the grossly excessive liberality in relation to work
permits which is the 50:50 rule (i.e. to be granted a work permit one must
have at least 50% EU employees).
4 This AGM calls on the government to control advertisements solely in
foreign languages by employers and agents in Ireland who recruit non-Irish
labour to the detriment of Irish job-seekers' chances of finding
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25 September 2014
NGO SEEKS CONSTITUTIONAL REFERENDUM TO END JUDICIAL REVIEW FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS
Immigration Control Platform has called for a constitutional referendum to change Article 34.3.1 of the constitution. It is that article that provides the constitutional right for asylum seekers to seek judicial review.
Although asylum seekers have a right of appeal to the Refugee Appeals Tribunal, they very frequently refuse to accept that ruling and proceed to judicial review, to such an extent that at a High Court sitting on July 14 a total of 849 asylum cases were listed as waiting for a date to be heard.
The process is used to drag out time in Ireland in the hope that residency will eventually ensue.It is, indeed a rule of thumb that the longer you can remain, the greater your chances of avoiding removal.
Article 34.3.1 currently reads:
"The Courts of First Instance shall include a High Court invested with full original jurisdiction in and power to determine all matters and questions whether of law or fact, civil or criminal."
The amendment sought would add to this the words "apart from matters of international protection,immigration and deportation."
It would appear that such an amendment would not breach the European Convention on Human Rights,the EU Charter of Fundamental Freedoms or the EU Procedures Directive.