Response to the Immigration, Residence & Protection Bill 2008

NCP and the Africa Centre together made a submission on the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill 2008 - the most significant legislation governing immigration to be brought before the Oireachtas.

The focus of the NCP Africa Centre submission was not on the legalities of the Bill but on the human and societal effects of its proposed provisions. The six aspects on which it focused were:

  • Long-term residency
  • Family reunification
  • Conditions & procedures for visas and residency
  • Requirements for the production of documentation and biometric data
  • Protection
  • Unlawful presence in the State

NCP was invited to meet with the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights to discuss the submission on 2 April 2008 and the fact that our members speak for their own communities was of particular interest to the Committee.

Mr. Pat Rabbitte, TD expressed the view that

"Often, submissions come from people working with migrants or refugees and they present their convictions to us in respect of the new Bill. However, it is very helpful to get the kind of submission we have here because the New Communities Partnership is a very special kind of network that is obviously at the coalface in terms of how any change in the law might impact on people encompassed by that network."