I am fascinated by different languages ethnicities and cultures. By investigating stereotypes and preconceptions that we have towards certain immigrants in Ireland I realised that government policy regarding asylum seekers are based largely on economics and lack a regard for peoples social and human rights.
The Immigration Residence and Protection Bill 2010 has been revised three times coming under scrutiny from the international Human Rights community. Ireland’s human rights record will be examined by our peers in the UN this coming October, when our turn comes up in a new UN process called the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Having examined most of them, the reception of asylum seekers appears to be by far the most widespread concern, affecting as it does children’s rights, women’s rights, mental health, social inclusion and general civil lierties.
This book examines the Bill from a Human Rights perspective, highlighting some of the major rights that it is breaking allowing people to understand what is happening in our country. It was important to me to find out first hand how asylum seekers feel about their situation here. Through a series of interviews I found out what it is like to live the life of an asylum seeker in Ireland, good and bad. It is easy for stereotypes to develop when people have little real social contact with each other. This book is about breaking those conceptions and increasing understanding.