The Department of Justice has a plan to transfer the task from the Gardaí to a civilian Immigration Service Delivery team – but hasn’t done it yet.
They’re either unaware they can, or so busy grappling with challenges of immigrant life that they don’t have the bandwidth to get involved in local democracy.
Gabriela Burnett explica que las mujeres más vulnerables son aquellas que pierden su permiso legal migratorio a causa de violencia doméstica y por ello acaban indocumentadas.
The most vulnerable women, Gabriela Burnett says, are those who have fallen undocumented, losing their legal immigration statuses because of domestic abuse.
“It’s hard for us to prove ourselves because they’re making sure that we’re not in the meetings,” says Cynthia Lebuli.
Have you been asked for a transit visa, when you don’t need one?
“I feel like they’re not familiar with visa policy,” says Huimin Ye, who missed her trip to Vienna to visit a friend as a result.
“I want to get my status and find a job to survive,” Wai Ling Chan said on a recent Monday, sitting at a table in the corner of a café in Smithfield.
Who does a recommended stipend increase apply to? Union members ask. And what about recognising them as workers? And addressing immigration issues?
Ashfaq Afridi applied in 2021 and is still waiting. Meanwhile, he’s watching people who applied much more recently, under the new system, get decisions.