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UNHCR Ireland Snapshot working to protect refugees , asylum seekers and the stateless

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UNHCR IRELAND SNAPSHOT DECEMBER 2011 - DECEMBER 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome 01 UN High Commissioner‘s Mission to Ireland

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Protection Work in Ireland

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Global Operations

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A Story of Family Reunification

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Events 2012

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UNHCR Ireland Interns

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UNHCR Protection Papers

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ISSN 2009-5759

COVER PHOTO BY GREG CONSTANTINE

© Copyright 2012 UNHCR Ireland


WELCOME 2012 proved to be a very challenging year for refugee protection worldwide. During the year, the Irish Government continued its long standing support to UNHCR by providing much needed funding for our global operations and undertaking high level visits to areas of conflict and displacement. This assistance is making a real difference to the lives of refugees forced to flee their homes. Solutions were also provided for a number of refugees who were resettled into Ireland under the Irish resettlement programme run in cooperation with UNHCR. We look forward to further developing this programme together with the Irish authorities in 2013.

The visit of the High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Ant贸nio Guterres to Ireland in October provided an opportunity to express appreciation for the support provided to UNHCR and to advance a number of key issues at national level. These include the need to reduce the length of time asylum seekers wait for a decision in their subsidiary protection cases and the need to reform the current law to introduce a single procedure. The announcement in November that a panel of lawyers will be established to clear the backlog of subsidiary protection cases is a very welcome development and we look forward to supporting this initiative in the early new year.

Through our partnerships with NGOs and refugee community groups we held a number of events this year including the Third Annual Fair Play Football Cup together with Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) and the Gala Film Screening at the Lighthouse Cinema together with the Karen Community of Ireland. We would like to thank all our partners, volunteers and friends of UNHCR for their generous support. A special thank you goes to the UNHCR Interns of 2012 for their hard work, creativity and all they achieved this year.

Sophie Magennis Head of Office, UNHCR Ireland December 2012

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UNHCR Ireland Head of Office, Sophie Magennis, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, and UNHCR Regional Representative for Western Europe, Pascale Moreau arrive at the Mansion House, Dublin at the start of the High Commissioner‘s mission to Ireland in October.

UN HIGH COMMISSIONER‘S MISSION TO IRELAND The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr António Guterres, visited Ireland on a two day mission in October. High Commissioner Guterres‘ first meeting on his mission to Ireland was in the Mansion House where he attended a gathering with refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons to hear of their experiences.

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in the Mansion House, the High Commissioner met with representatives from a number of Irish NGOs involved in work with refugees and asylum seekers in Ireland to listen to their views and experiences and discuss asylum procedures in Ireland. SpeakingwiththeTánaiste, the High Commissioner welcomed Ireland‘s recent support of UNHCR emergency activities in the

The High Commissioner meeting with refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons at the Mansion House.

Sahel, Somalia, Syria and Chad. During the meeting the High Commissioner reflected on Ireland‘s unique position as incoming President of the European Council to encourage the support of the wider global community in assisting the needs of millions of people displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution. During his visit the High Commissioner also met with representatives of the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC), the Refugee Appeals Tribunal (RAT), the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration (OPMI), the Department of Justice and Equality and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, among others, aboard the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum. High Commissioner Guterres spoke of Ireland‘s history of forced emigration,

including mass movements of its own people to countries which have not always extended a warm welcome to them. He recognised that in such a country, there is an innate understanding of the experience of being displaced.

Meeting with the Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Eamon Gilmore TD.

On the second day of his mission, High Commissioner Guterres held a meeting with the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr Alan Shatter. Many issues were discussed including the www.unhcr.ie

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backlog of subsidiary protection applications, the mechanisms of decision making and the opportunity to improve on these.

(Below) The High Commissioner delivering his keynote speech on forced displacement at the IIEA and (inset top) meeting with the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr Alan Shatter TD and (inset bottom) the Jeanie Johnston flying the flag of the UN.

The High Commissioner also congratulated the Minister for his work on clearing the backlog of citizenship applications and for introducing high-profile citizenship ceremonies in Ireland. High Commissioner Guterres also took the opportunity to meet with the Chairs and members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality. One of the key events of the High Commissioner‘s visit to Ireland was his delivery of a keynote speech at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) on the Current Challenges of Forced Displacement. During this 4

speech, High Commissioner Guterres spoke of the difficulties facing refugees fleeing conflict today when the capacity of the international system

to respond to their situation is under considerable stress. A video recording of the High Commissioner‘s speech can be viewed on the IIEA website www.iiea.com


Children of the Karen community from Myanmar who have been resettled in County Mayo.

PHOTO BY PHIL BEHAN

PROTECTION WORK IN IRELAND Quality Initiative At the invitation of the Irish authorities, and as part of the supervisory function regarding implementation of the Refugee Convention that UNHCR exercises as part of its Mandate in all countries party to the Refugee Convention, UNHCR began a quality initiative with the authori-

ties in 2011. The initiative is ongoing and, together with the authorities, we plan to continue this collaboration into 2013. The initiative is a continuation of the work of UNHCR in Ireland which has been fulfilled in a spirit of co-operation over many years. It is also a continuation of the exercise of the supervisory func-

tion regarding implementation of the Refugee Convention. States have assigned this supervisory responsibility to UNHCR in a number of instruments, including its Statute, the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol. In Ireland, the Refugee Act, 1996 contains provisions setting out UNHCR’s supervisory Mandate. The initiative includes the examination of decisions, personal interaction with staff at all levels and the provision of feedback in the context of training and other support initiatives. The work being undertaken draws on best practice developed by UNHCR through activities implemented in other EU Member States and internationally. UNHCR will continue to collaborate closely with the Irish authorities in the future on the development of best practice in these areas. www.unhcr.ie

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Subsidiary Protection

Training activities

For a number of years, UNHCR has been

UNHCR was involved in a number of

calling for the adoption of a streamlined asylum procedure through the adoption of a single procedure to determine applications for refugee status and subsidiary protection. The High Commissioner raised this issue during his meeting with the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence when they met in October. The Minister affirmed his commitment to asylum reform and to publishing the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill early in 2013. In advance of the adoption of a single procedure, the Irish authorities will establish a panel of lawyers to clear the current backlog of subsidiary protection applications. This is a welcome development and UNHCR will support the establishment of the panel including though the provision of training to panel members.

training activities in 2012, including the following: • Training for interpreters working in the asylum system on interpreting in a refugee context • Annual refresher training for first instance asylum adjudicators • Training on statelessness for State officials, asylum adjudicators, legal practitioners and NGO representatives • Training for State representatives, legal practitioners and NGO officers on Rule 39 and the prohibition of refoulement under the European Convention on Human Rights • Training for the military on the protection of refugees in peace operations • Training for asylum adjudicators on asylum claims based on sexual orientation or gender identity

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• Presentations for various schools and universities on the work of UNHCR and the global refugee crisis.

Observing asylum determination procedures UNHCR observed a number of substantive appeal hearings at the Refugee Appeals Tribunal and provided observations in a number of cases. UNHCR also observed a number of Section 11 interviews at the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner. UNHCR’s observer function is set out in the Refugee Act, 1996. The observation of interviews and appeals are central to the exercise of UNHCR’s supervisory role and for the assessment of training needs.


UNHCR at the Court of Justice of the European Union UNHCR had a unique opportunity to participate as a party in two joined cases1 at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. This was the first time UNHCR had participated in a case before the Luxembourg court. The cases concerned the proposed transfer of asylum seekers from Ireland and the UK to Greece under the Dublin II Regulation. Under the Regulation, an asylum seeker who has previously been in contact with authorities in another EU Member State can be transferred back to that State. At the core of UNHCR’s submission was the view that where there is a risk that the Member State to which an asylum

seeker would be transferred cannot guarantee the fundamental rights of asylum seekers then states should refrain from transferring them back to that country. In the case of Greece, UNHCR issued a paper in 2008 and again in 2009 calling on EU Member States to refrain from transferring asylum seekers to that country because of the scale of the problems

within the Greek asylum system . In summary, the Luxembourg Court held that a Member State may not transfer asylum-seekers to States where it is aware that deficiencies in the asylum process mean the asylum seeker may face a risk of being subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment. www.unhcr.ie

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The result of this decision, which issued in December 2011, was that the asylum seekers involved in the case were all admitted to the asylum process in Ireland in 2012. In broader terms, this decision has helped to clarify the position for States in terms of their human rights obligations to asylum seekers. Pro bono legal counsel for UNHCR in Ireland was composed of: Gerard Hogan, Senior Counsel; Patrick Dillon-Malone, Junior Counsel; Brian Matthews of Millet and Matthews Solicitors; Sarah Houlihan BL and Claire Hogan BL. 1

On 21 December 2011, the Court of Justice of

Resettlement The

Irish Government operates a resettlement programme in cooperation with UNHCR. Under the resettlement programme, refugees are invited into Ireland by the Government and provided with integration-related support and assistance on arrival. Resettlement is the only durable solution for many refugees who live in refugee camps, cannot integrate in their country of refuge and cannot return home. In 2012, seven families were provided with a resettlement solution in Ireland. UNHCR looks forward to further developing the resettlement programme in future years.

the European Union (CJEU) delivered judgment in the joined cases of N.S. v Secretary of State for the Home Department (C-411/10) and M.E and Others v Refugee Applications Commissioner, Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (C-493/10).

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Family Reunification In 2012, UNHCR funded a small number of family reunifications enabling close

relatives of refugees to join them in Ireland. The funding was processed in partnership with the Irish Red Cross. Due to budgetary restrictions we are exploring alternative sources for the funding of family reunification into the future for those without sufficient means.

Integration Research Project UNHCR is conducting a research project entitled ‘Refugee Integration, Capacity and Evaluation in Europe’ which is being carried out in four Western European countries (Sweden, Austria, France and Ireland). The project will provide an overview on commonly used indicators of integration, and will identify key factors impacting on refugee integration and influencing outcomes.


Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Joe Costello TD, visited Za‘atari refugee camp in Jordan in September where he pledged €2m in aid from Ireland to assist in dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis.

By considering whether existing knowledge, perceptions and assumptions are accurate the project will highlight important policy areas and will draw out findings and recommendations, which will enable UNHCR to advocate better for inclusion of refugee specific needs in national integration policies, practices and evaluation. The final report is scheduled for publication at the end of April 2013 and findings will be presented in a conference soon thereafter. Diana Gouveia is the National Researcher for Ireland.

GLOBAL OPERATIONS UNHCR

has a staff of 7,685 people working in more than 125 countries to help some 33.9 million persons. UNHCR‘s budget for 2012 was US$3.59 billion. UNHCR is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions with 93 percent coming from governments. Ireland has long been a key supporter of UNHCR’s operations and in 2012 the Irish State provided over

US$10 million in financial contributions. In addition to the provision of funding, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Eamon Gilmore TD and the Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Joe Costello TD, highlighted current crises in refugee protection though recent visits to Somalia and to the Jordan/Syria border. 9 www.unhcr.ie


Shamso‘s emotional reunion with her family at Cork Airport.

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In February this year, a mother from Somalia was reunited with her five children after six years of separation. In 2006, Shamso became separated from her family due to the conflict in Somalia and she came to Ireland to seek international protection. Four years later, in 2010, she received word that her children could be in a refugee camp in Kenya. Margaret, a nurse from Cork who was working with her at the time, contacted UNHCR in Dublin and we followed up with our UNHCR colleagues in Kenya. Using the information provided by Margaret, our colleagues located the children together with their aunt in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, situated near the Somalia/Kenya border. The family were back in contact for the first time in four years.

Shamso was granted refugee status by the Irish authorities. With the assistance of NASC, an NGO based in Cork, she applied for family reunification Shamso (centre) with Margaret Mulchay and her family at the meeting with the High Commissioner and her applicain the Mansion House, Dublin, in October 2012. tion was approved by the Irish spent apart. The family are now living in authorities. In February 2012, Shamso’s Cork and doing very well. children and her sister left Dadaab and arrived at Cork Airport to be reunited as In October this year, Shamso and her faa family. mily met with the High Commissioner for Refugees during his mission to IreThe travel was funded by UNHCR and orland and shared the happy story of their ganised by the International Organisatireunion with him. on for Migration and the Irish Red Cross. It was an emotional reunion after so long www.unhcr.ie

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The third annual Fair Play Cup in conjunction with SARI marked World Refugee Day 2012. Pictured right are Sophie Magennis, UNHCR Minister of State, Joe Costello TD, Habib Mubarak, Olympic torch bearer, Perry Ogden, SARI, and some of the children who took part in activities on the day.

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was a busy year for UNHCR Ireland, with a number of events organised to raise awareness and foster understanding of refugee related issues. The do 1 thing week long campaign to mark World Refugee Day succeeded in highlighting many of these issues and promoting an appreciation of the different challenges faced by millions of people every year as they flee their homes in an effort to seek safety from persecution.

World Refugee Day Fair Play Football Cup June 17 To

mark World Refugee Day 2012 and to launch the do 1 thing campaign, UNHCR co-hosted the third annual Fair Play Football Cup in conjunction with Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI). Participating on the day were teams from Soma12

UNHCR IRELAND EVENTS 2012 lia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, media teams from Hot Press and the Star, and many more teams including NGO representatives and government officials. It wasn’t all about soccer though, with face painting, hula-hoop and juggling workshops to keep the masses entertained.

The winners of the tournament, Crosscare and SARI Women (male and female categories), were awarded their prizes by the Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Joe Costello TD. Overall a great day out was had by all and UNHCR would like to thank all the participants and the many supporters of this great event.


do 1 thing June 18 – 24 If books are your thing, one of the simple actions we asked you to undertake as part of do 1 thing was to read a book about refugees. This component of do 1 thing had extensive support from booksellers Hughes & Hughes and over 130 local libraries around the country. An array of books about refugees and written by refugees, was made available for all age groups and genres, and stands promoting the campaign were visible in all major Hughes & Hughes stores and libraries around Ireland.

Gala Film Screening June 20 ‘Moving to Mars’ documents the journey by two ethnic Karen families

from the huge Mae La camp just inside been resettled in Ireland as part of the Thailand - the largest of several camps country’s resettlement programme, a housing tens of thousands of refugees programme that is making an important from nearby Myanmar, to Sheffield, UK. contribution to international protection. The situation of refugees from Myanmar in camps in Thailand is one of the most A member of the Karen Community protracted in the world with refugees of Ireland and the Minister for Justice, confined to nine closed camps since the Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, 1980s. Thailand currently hosts 92,000 ddressed the audience in speeches marregistered refugees from Myanmar as king World Refugee Day. well as an estimated 54,000 unregistered asylumseekers in these nine camps. The screening of the documentary, aptly titled ‘Moving to Mars’ was attended by members of the Members of the Karen community with Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD Karen commu- and UNHCR Ireland staff at the screening of Moving to Mars in the Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin. nity who have www.unhcr.ie

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PHOTO BY GREG CONSTANTINE

man face to this global issue.

Statelessness July 5–19

UNHCR curated a photography exhibition entitled ‘Nowhere People – the World’s Stateless’.

UNHCR has a Mandate to work with governments to prevent statelessness from occurring, to resolve those cases that do occur and to protect the rights of stateless persons.

The exhibition featured profound photos by photographer Greg Constantine, an award-winning photojournalist from the United States, and was hosted by the Department of Justice and Equality. Over the last five years Greg has been working to bring to light the stories of stateless people around the world and give a hu-

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In addition, a seminar was held in conjunction with the Irish Society of International Law. The keynote speaker was Mark Manly, Head of the Statelessness Unit of the Division of International Protection of UNHCR who gave an overview of the global phenomenon of statelessness and spoke about what is being done within Europe and further afield to tackle the problem of statelessness.

Go to http://bit.ly/NfbtYu to see a video interview with Greg Constantine about the Nowhere People photo exhibition.


UNHCR IRELAND INTERNS Working as the Protection intern has been an invaluable experience in many respects. The exposure to the workings of an international organisation operating at a local level has been extremely insightful. I have gained essential skills and experiences at a professional level that no doubt will serve me well in my future career. The role was certainly varied. I assisted with individual casework which was extremely wide ranging in terms of the issues affecting persons of concern within Ireland. I drafted letters for various agencies and government departments on an assortment of issues. I regularly compiled statistics on asylum figures in Ireland. I carried out short pieces of research on aspects of refugee law in Ireland, as well as more general issues affecting refugees. Throughout the intern-

ship I’ve had the opportunity to attend seminars, workshops and conferences on various topics. I was also fortunate to be working with UNHCR Ireland during the most recent visit of the High Commissioner for Refugees to Ireland in October which was an incredibly interesting period to be working for the agency.

UNHCR interns, Fabio Venturini and Emma King, were involved in the High Commissioner‘s mission to Ireland in October 2012.

It has been fantastic to work with a team who are dedicated and passionate about their work. And I am grateful to have been able to work independently and with a lot responsibility, yet receiving helpful feedback from my colleagues. Personally, it has been an incredibly rewarding experience to assist

refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons assert their basic rights. With this internship I am all the more inspired to continue working in this field. I would highly recommend this internship to anyone seeking a better understanding of asylum and refugee issues within Ireland and internationally. Emma King (Protection Intern) www.unhcr.ie

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my background in journalism, the External Relations internship with UNHCR Ireland was obviously going to provide a perfect fit for the skills which I had already built up as well as give me some very valuable insight into the workings of what I would consider to be one of the most important and certainly the most visible of the United Nations agencies. During my time here, although I was often applying skills which I had already built, I was applying them to projects and situations which I would never have had the opportunity to gather experience of were it not for the UNHCR internship programme. More often though, I was developing completely new skills. One of my key roles each day has been to manage the social media output for the office on both Twitter and Facebook. Like everyone else these days I have my own Twitter and Facebook account, but to be dealing 16

with such important information and delivering it to such a large audience was a totally new experience for me. The High Commissioner’s mission to Ireland presented the biggest challenge so far and was the event from which I have learned the most. Being able to witness the logistics and planning behind a major diplomatic mission was something which most people will never get a chance to see and it firmly cemented in my mind the fact that I had made the right decision to pursue this career. At all stages of my internship I have been gladdened by the levels of both trust and support given by the permanent staff to the interns here and would really recommend the programme to anyone seeking this valuable experience. Fabio Venturini (External Relations Intern)

Prior to joining UNHCR I worked in the NGO sector providing information and advice to migrants, asylum seekers and refugees at the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland and the Irish Refugee Council. The internship at UNHCR provided me with the invaluable opportunity to further my understanding of refugee law, both at a domestic and international level, and to familiarise myself with UNHCR’s mandate and procedures. At the Protection Unit I was asked to address individual queries and meet with people of concern, conduct both legal and non-legal research and to analyse RSD authorities’ decisions. I found it particularly interesting to have the opportunity to complete courses provided by the organisation on a wide range of asylum related topics. The exceptional interpersonal skills and


professionalism of all my colleagues made the experience not only educational but also thoroughly enjoyable. I was glad to be there at the time of the preparation of World Refugee Day, a great event I hope to be able to join in on next year. Niccolo Denti (Protection Intern)

The External Relations internship gave me the opportunity to demonstrate and develop a wide range of skills that are serving me well in my current position and that I feel will serve me into the future. Not only did I have the opportunity to try my hand at a wide range of tasks and to learn a huge amount about refugee and asylum issues, but I also felt extremely lucky to work as part of such a well-organised and professional team. Amongst the many tasks I carried out

were monitoring developments in the Oireachtas, the EU institutions and international organisations, undertaking research and drafting briefing notes on a variety of policy issues, drafting correspondence for the office to a variety of official agencies and NGOs, manning information stands about the organisation, drafting occasional press releases and internet articles and frequently updating the office’s social media outlets. However, the main focus of my internship was taken up with assisting in the development and organisation of a number of events and outreach activities for UNHCR’s do 1 thing campaign that marked World Refugee Day and an international photography exhibition at the Department of Justice soon afterwards. For these activities I helped to draft detailed action plans, to organise the logistics of the events and activities, to follow-

up with those involved afterwards and to report on everything for the regional office in Brussels. While I had experience in event organisation before this, I really benefited from the thoroughness of the planning process at UNHCR. Working on the Fair Play Cup, the Gala Film Screening, the library and bookshop project, the do 1 thing social media campaign and the statelessness exhibition all over such a short period of time also really gave me an opportunity to put my multi-tasking capabilities to the test and taught me important lessons in how to prioritise amongst competing duties. Chloe Teevan (External Relations Intern)

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UNHCR PROTECTION PAPERS On

a regular basis UNHCR produces guidelines and policy papers to guide and inform decisions made by refugee status determination bodies worldwide. A significant number of UNHCR publications released in 2012 were disseminated by the Dublin Office to the Irish authorities, the judiciary, civil society and private practitioners, as appropriate. Of particular note was the dissemination of some 200 hard copies of UNHCR’s ‘Handbook and Guidelines on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status’, which was reissued in December 2011 as a compilation reference book containing not only the core handbook content, but also the following UNHCR guidelines on international protection: - Guidelines on Gender-Related Persecution; 18

- Guidelines on Membership of a Particular Social Group; - Guidelines on Cessation of Refugee Status; - Guidelines on Internal Flight or Relocation Alternative; - Guidelines on the Application of the Exclusion Clauses; - Guidelines on Religion-Based Refugee Claims; - Guidelines on the Application of Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Refugee Convention to Victims of Trafficking and Persons at Risk of being Trafficked; and - Guidelines on Child Asylum Claims

Other UNHCR publications of note from 2012 include: • Guidelines on Statelessness No. 1: The definition of Stateless Person in Article 1(1) of the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons (February 2012) • Guidelines on Statelessness No. 2: Procedures for Determining whether an Individual is a Stateless Person (April 2012) • Guidelines on Statelessness No. 3: The Status of Stateless Persons at the National Level (July 2012) • Working to Complete the Common European Asylum System. UNHCR‘s Recommendations to Cyprus for its EU Presidency July - December 2012 (July 2012)


• Guidelines on the Applicable Criteria and Standards relating to the Detention of Asylum-Seekers and Alternatives to Detention (September 2012) • Guidelines on International Protection No. 9: Claims to Refugee Status based on Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity within the context of Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Convention and/or its 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees (October 2012) UNHCR alsos produces time and situation relevant country guidance papers. A number of these were produced and distributed in 2012 including: • UNHCR Position on Returns to the Syrian Arab Republic (March 2012) • Hungary as a country of asylum. Observations on the situation of asylum-

seekers and refugees in Hungary (April 2012) • UNHCR Position on Returns to Mali (May 2012) • UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Members of Religious Minorities from Pakistan (May 2012) • International Protection Considerations with regard to people fleeing the Syrian Arab Republic (June 2012) • Interim Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Côte d‘Ivoire (June 2012)

• Serbia as a country of asylum. Observations on the situation of asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection in Serbia (August 2012) • Note on Dublin transfers to Hungary of people who have transited through Serbia (October 2012) • UNHCR position on returns to North Kivu, South Kivu and adjacent areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo affected by on-going conflict and violence in the region (November 2012)

All policy and country guidance papers are available on www.unhcr.org/refworld

• UNHCR Recommendations on Important Aspects of Refugee Protection in Italy (July 2012) www.unhcr.ie

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UNHCR IRELAND STAFF 2012 Sophie Magennis,

Head of Office Yolanda Kennedy,

Associate External Relations Officer Carl Grainger,

Protection Associate Sa茂d Hadjami,

Admin/Finance Assistant Lorna Cronnelly,

Senior Public Information Associate Kevin Clarke,

Protection Intern (January to June) Niccolo Denti,

Protection Intern (January to June) Emma King,

Protection Intern (June to December) Chloe Teevan,

External Relations Intern (February to July) Fabio Venturini,

External Relations Intern (July to January) Diana Gouveia,

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The staff of UNHCR Ireland with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Ant贸nio Guterres, and Pascale Moreau, Regional Representative for Western Europe at the Jeanie Johnston famine ship and museum in October 2012.


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