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Young people’s guide for asylum seeking children in Ireland

Young people, with support from the Irish Refugee Council and Member of the European Parliament Emer Costello, launched their multimedia guide 'Seeking Asylum in Ireland - A Guide for Children and Young People' which provides insight to the asylum process for young people in Ireland. The purpose of the guide, which consists of a video and a booklet, is to make the asylum procedure less scary for children.

The young people who created the guide underwent extensive training on Irish, international and European asylum law at two summer camps held at Dublin City University which were facilitated by the young people themselves. Here they heard speakers from the legal field and lecturers and researchers working in the area.

The booklet and the video describe all aspects of the asylum process: the application centre, the interviews, the reception facilities and more. They also list some of the rights children have that are relevant in the asylum procedure, such as the right to health and to education and the freedom from cruel treatment. Both the video and the booklet show pictures of the buildings and interview rooms to prepare the children for what they can expect.

The most important message for the children is probably that 'seeking asylum is difficult, but there are people who can make it a bit easier'.

Watch the video below or on Youtube
The booklet to support the video can be found here.

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