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Asylum-seekers, refugees

In Ireland, the number of asylum-seekers has grown rapidly in recent years.

In response to their needs, a number of sisters in pastoral ministries are now working in this area.

Sisters work to integrate asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants in the local area. Part of their work is welcoming people to local parishes and liaising with schools on integrating pupils and their families.

Immigrant Council of Ireland

In the absence of any provision by the state or the voluntary sector for information, advice and legal aid for immigrants, the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) was created in 2002, under the auspices of Social Innovations Ireland, which was established by one of our sisters and with support of the Sisters of Charity. ICI assists all immigrants, documented and undocumented.