Doras Luimní will hold free events in Limerick this Wed June 20 to mark World Refugee Day.
On Bedford Row from 12:30pm – 2:00pm, Doras held an information booth to raise public awareness of issues surrounding refugees and asylum seekers.
They will host a free and public film screening of “HUMAN,” a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand that celebrates humanity and the beauty in our similarities and differences, at 6pm to 8pm, CB1 Gallery, 51a O’Connell Street this evening.
Of the estimated 26 million refugees globally in 2017, just over 10,000 live in Ireland as well as over 5,000 asylum seekers who are awaiting a decision on their applications for international protection.
“For the last three years, Doras has supported the Refugee Resettlement programme in Limerick, Wexford and Laois, providing integration support to hundreds of refugee as part of a nationwide project,” Leonie Kerins, CEO of Doras Luimní said.
“We continue to support the Government in its efforts toward accepting 4,000 persons seeking protection under the EU Relocation and Resettlement programmes, and we will continue to call on the Government to honour these commitments going forward.”
On World Refugee Day, Doras are calling on the Government to uphold the refugee resettlement and relocation quotas outlined by the government in 2015, encourage and work with their EU partners to address the need for and to offer safe and legal passage for refugees to Europe, maintain and increase search and rescue efforts in the Mediterranean and to continue to strive towards a more efficient, humane and effective asylum system in Ireland and across Europe.
Doras Luimní is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation based in Limerick working to promote and protect human rights and well-being of migrants through personal advocacy, integration development and collaborative advocacy campaigns at the local and national level.
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KATIE O’Kelly is Belltable’s artist in residence and brings her work in progress to the theatre this week for a rehearsed reading.
Katie O’Kelly’s project DISPLACE delves into the dark secrets of Irish institutionalisation. The story traces a line from the how residents of a Magdalene Laundry were treated through to the refugees now in Direct Provision centres today.
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