Calais: 200 young people should be brought to Ireland
Calls for TDs to support motion to bring 200 young people to Ireland immediately
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents groups working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – is today (01.11.16) calling on all 158 TDs to support the motion to bring 200 children and young people to Ireland with immediate effect, ahead of a Dáil debate on Wednesday.
Valerie Duffy, head of NYCI’s Development Education programme said: “NYCI is calling for immediate action to care for the children and young people at the Calais camp.
“When countries were pulling out of the Mediterranean during the current humanitarian crisis, Ireland stepped in and sent its Naval Services to coordinate and assist. There is precedent there to help and we in Ireland can be proud of this. But now we must act again.
“What is needed now is an agreed plan of action that will see children and young people placed in Ireland immediately. Whilst a motion enjoying unanimous support in the Dáil would be welcome, it will be worthless without an action plan that delivers. Let’s see those who are amongst the most disadvantaged and endangered group of young people in the world safely relocated in Ireland with the best of care and services available to them.
“Child and youth services in Ireland have offered to work with Tusla to put the necessary requirements in place to support the children and young people in Ireland.
“An estimated 1,400 children and teenagers remain in the Calais Camp and they are currently being accommodated in over 100 shipping containers which is totally unacceptable. Ireland must show solidarity with these children and young people, which is why we are calling on all 158 TDs in the Dáil to support the motion to bring 200 children and young people to Ireland with immediate effect,” concluded Ms Duffy.
The National Youth Council of Ireland is holding a national youth summit exploring the issue of migration on the 17th November 2016.