Roma Deported From Ireland
Up until recently controlling the flow of people into Ireland was not a problem because many people had to leave the country to find employment elsewhere so bear this in mind when you read the following:
Mr Lenihan also said he has ordered a report into the behaviour
of the Traveller rights group Pavee Point during the recent controversy
involving the Roma people. Minister Lenihan said he wanted to find out if the publicly funded
group had operated outside its remit and encouraged a group of new
arrivals to seek to set aside the country's immigration laws.
Roma charter flight leaves Dublin
The charter flight which is bringing the Roma who were camped at Ballymun back to Romania left Dublin Airport just after 6pm this evening.
They 99 Roma will arrive in Timisoara in western Romania later.
Once they arrive in the eastern European country, they will be transported by bus to their respective home villages.
Earlier, a spokesperson for Traveller support group Pavee Point confirmed that all the remaining members of the extended Rostas family had left their camps at the M50 intersection at Ballymun.
Sara Russell said officials from Pavee Point and Crosscare had witnessed the departure and said it was voluntary and had been conducted in a very professional manner by gardaí.
Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan has said he is concerned and disappointed at the low number of people from ethnic backgrounds joining the gardaí.
More than 1,000 recruits are in training but only 11 are non-Irish nationals, which is less than 1%.
Minister Lenihan said he did not accept that the policy for recruiting foreign national applicants had failed but said he was now reviewing the regulations to try and increase the numbers.
Mr Lenihan also said he has ordered a report into the behaviour of the Traveller rights group Pavee Point during the recent controversy involving the Roma people.
Minister Lenihan said he wanted to find out if the publicly funded group had operated outside its remit and encouraged a group of new arrivals to seek to set aside the country's immigration laws.
Bulgarian and Romanian nationals
Since 1 January 2007 nationals of Romania and Bulgaria are EU nationals
but are still required to have a permit to work in Ireland.
Applications for employment permits for them will be given preference
over those for non-EEA nationals. Romanian and Bulgarian nationals who
have been resident in the State on a valid employment permit for a
continuous period of 12 months or longer prior to 31 December 2006 will
not need employment permits.
Fortress Europe is the term given to the concept of the European
Union efforts to keep non-EU goods, businesses and nationals out of the
Union's twenty-seven member states.
In the view of critics the Common Agricultural Policy is the classic
example of a Fortress Europe policy, protecting European agriculture
with the effects of higher prices for consumers within the EU and a
negative impact on the wider world market.
Other critics point to the development of a common asylum and
immigration policy as a sign of Fortress Europe at work. Traditionally
many European States' immigration has come from ex-colonies, this has
been replaced by encouraging movement within the European Union by
Opponents of the angry cow idea of Fortress Europe come from many
political viewpoints. British politicians Tony Blair and Gordon Brown
are amongst its most prominent critics in the field of economics,
though both support a tougher line on asylum and immigration.
British politicians have been among the most skeptical of the concept,
not least because of the country's links to the United States and the
Commonwealth of Nations.
Others have suggested that the decision of the people of France, on 29
May 2005 to reject the European Constitution was because of a desire
from many to retreat into a Fortress Europe sheltered from the impact
Roma in Ireland
Roma migration to Ireland is not a new experience. Even before the recent increases in the numbers of people migrating to Ireland seeking employment or to be recognised as refugees, it was not unusual for Roma to arrive in Ireland, to travel around the country, picking up seasonal work such as farm labouring and moving back to England and Europe. This migration was of a temporary nature and small numbers so went relatively unobserved.
Since the mid 1990s the numbers of Roma who have arrived in Ireland seeking asylum have risen significantly. This is consistent with the overall increase in asylum seekers to Ireland that has occurred since the mid 1990s. The first major arrival of Roma in Ireland was from Arad in North Eastern Romania in 1998. Most of this group were granted refugee status.
A precise demographic profile of the number of Roma in Ireland is not possible because data is collected on the basis of nationality, not ethnic origin. However it is estimated that there are 1,700 Roma living in Ireland. The countries of origin of Roma in Ireland are Romania, Poland, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
The Roma in Ireland tend to be even more marginalized than many other asylum seeker groups because of their lack of education, low language skills and historic and systematic discrimination.
Trafficking gangs plan to flood Ireland with Roma
22 July 2007, Sunday
by Jim Cusack, The Irish Independent
The Government was warned that Eastern European crime bosses involved in human trafficking planned to send thousands of Roma gypsies into Ireland.
The first wave of 220 gypsies arrived here in January, including some of the 50 to 70 still encamped yesterday on the M50 roundabout.
But many more would have followed if this first group succeeded in gaining asylum status and social welfare benefits - much of which would have been creamed off by the shadowy crime bosses back in Eastern Europe.
Early yesterday, on advice and information from the Garda's National Bureau of Immigration, officers served papers on the Ballymun gypsies which will lead to their removal from their current site within the coming weeks and will block the gangs' plans to flood the country with desperate members of the Roma community. It is believed moves to deport the gypsies may begin within weeks.
A total of 86 documents were served at the Ballymun encampment and at a derelict House on the Old Swords Road.
Moves to stop the influx - which was anticipated for months in advance of the European Union's acceptance of Romania and Bulgaria into the EU - were put in place within days of the arrival of the 220 gypsies between January 10 and 17. All immediately applied for asylum status.
On January 18, the then Tanaiste and Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, announced that Ireland had already ratified the treaty governing the entry of Romania and Bulgaria into the EU. The treaty stipulates that no citizen from one EU country can seek asylum in another EU state. Romania, from where the gypsies claim to have been the subject of human rights violations and victimisation, fully endorses Ireland's position on the issue. The asylum applications were all turned down.
When it became clear to most of the 220 gypsies that they were not to get social welfare payments - a large percentage of which gardai believe would have to be remitted to the crime bosses in Eastern Europe - most disappeared and are believed to have returned to other EU states, including Spain, from which they are believed to have travelled from toIreland in January.
Gardai believe the group of 50 to 70 encamped at the roundabout were either abandoned to their own devices or left as part of a plan to embarrass the Government into providing social welfare payments because of the conditions they have chosen to live under.
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 22:47
A family of Roma who are encamped at the M50 roundabout in Ballymun have been subjected to racist attacks and slurs.
Sara Russell, the Roma co-ordinator with Pavee Point, told a news conference in Dublin this morning that eggs had been thrown and abuse shouted at the Rostas family late at night.
She also said that health officials in Ballymun had written about their concerns of an outbreak of an infectious disease at the camp.
More than 50 Roma adults and children have been living in what Pavee Point describes as horrific conditions for nearly two months.
A coalition of charity organisations has called for urgent action to address what it is describing as an humanitarian crisis.
The Romani people or Romanies are an ethnic group living in many communities all over the world. The Roma are among the best known ethnic groups that appear in literature and folklore, and are often referred to as Gypsies or Gipsies, a term that is generally considered pejorative and is based on a mistaken belief of an origin in Egypt. The Roma are still thought of as wandering nomads in the popular imagination, despite the fact that today the vast majority live in permanent housing.This widely dispersed ethnic group lives across the world not only near their historic heartland in Southern and Eastern Europe, but also in the American continent and the Middle East.
About Pavee Point
Pavee Point is a partnership of Irish Travellers and settled people working together to improve the lives of Irish Travellers through working towards social justice, solidarity, socio-economic development and human rights.
Travellers are a small indigenous minority, documented as being part of Irish society for centuries. Travellers have a long shared history and value system which make them a distinct group. They have their own language, customs and traditions.