NYCI is delighted that the regularisation scheme for undocumented people living in Ireland has opened, promising to bring rights and justice to about 17,000 residents, including 3,000 children and young people, who call Ireland home. For many, it is their only home. The scheme opens on 31st of January and although limited to just six months, for young people and their families whose lives have been uncertain for years it means finally be able to live a normal life, a life they’ve long dreamed of: being able to visit family, a secure future for the children and young people, the right to earn a decent and fair wage, and ultimately, feel safe in their home.
Key to its success is reaching out to and supporting all those who qualify. NYCI urges the youth work sector to play an important role in this by linking young undocumented people and their families to the support that MRCI have in place.