Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Ireland Pro Bono Directory

Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Ireland. 

As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.

w2eu.info - Welcome to Europe

Email: contactatw2eu [dot] info or w2eu_infoatyahoo [dot] com

This hyperlink -w2eu.info - leads to an independent source of information for refugees coming to Europe. w2eu.info might be useful on their journey to and through Europe by giving access to counseling and useful contacts in different European countries. 

Irish Refugee Council

(Member of ELENA)
37 Dame Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 764 5854
Fax: +353 1 672 5927
Email: infoatirishrefugeecouncil [dot] ie
The Irish Refugee Council believes, in accordance with the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees, that every person has the right to claim asylum and to have their application considered in a fair and transparent manner. The IRC’s priorities are delivering high quality legal support to asylum seekers; supporting and protecting children and young people in the immigration system;public awareness; and capacity building among key players in the asylum system in order to bring about change to practice and policy. 



North Quay House, Popes Quay, Cork
Tel: +353 (0)2 14 55 46 34
Fax: +353 (0)2 14 55 76 22
Email: corkrlsatlegalaidboard [dot] ie


48/49 North Brunswick Street, Georges Lane, Dublin 7
Tel: +353 (0)1 64 69 600
Fax: +353 (0)1 67 10 200
Email: dublinrlsatlegalaidboard [dot] ie


Seville House, New Dock Road, Galway
Tel: +353 (0)9 15 62 480
Fax: +353 (0)9 15 62 599
Email: rlsgalwayatlegalaidboard [dot] ie

The RLS provides a service to asylum seekers at all stages of the asylum process. If you are applying for asylum in Ireland, you can obtain legal advice and assistance from the RLS to assist you with your application. You may register with the RLS at any stage of the asylum process, but the earlier you apply for legal services the better. They can assist with asylum applications (before submitting your questionnaire to the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner or before you attend your interview in the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner); Appeals (Representation before the Refugee Appeals Tribunal); Refugee status refusals (Assistance in submitting applications for Leave to Remain); Assistance in relation to an application for subsidiary protection; Advice in relation to deportation orders and judicial review; and representation if you are detained in the District Court under Section 9(8) of the Refugee Act.

They can also provide interpreters for appointments with your solicitor. As well as the three main offices, the RLS also run free legal aid information clinics for refugees in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Ennis (Co. Clare), Athlone (Co. Westmeath), Sligo, Tralee (co. Kerry), and Stillorgan (Co. Dublin).

Amnesty International (Ireland Section)

(Member of ELENA)

Sean MacBride House
48 Fleet Street, Dublin 2.
Tel.: (1) 677 6361
Fax: (1) 645 8031
E-mail: infoatamnesty [dot] ie

Cairde (Challenging Ethnic Minority Health Inequalities)

(Member of ELENA)
19 Belvedere Place
Dublin 1
Tel.: +353 (1) 855 2111
Fax: (1) 855 2089
Email: infoatcairde [dot] ie

Cairde is a community development organisation working to tackle health inequalities among ethnic minority communities by improving ethnic minority access to health services, and ethnic minority participation in health planning and delivery. Cairde aims over the next three to four years to implement actions which will be seen to have a measurable impact on the delivery of primary health care to a selected number of disadvantaged ethnic minority communities in Dublin. Cairde works with disadvantaged ethnic minority communities from the continent of Africa; Eastern Europe and the Baltic states.

Jesuit Refugee Service (Ireland)

(Member of ELENA)

36 Lower Lesson Street,
Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (1) 676 84 08
Fax: +353 (1) 676 29 84
Email: jccatjesuit [dot] ie

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international non-governmental organisation, founded in 1980.   Our mission is to accompany, to serve and to advocate the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced persons worldwide.  JRS programmes are found in over 50 countries, providing assistance to refugees in camps, to people displaced within their own country, to asylum seekers in cities and those in detention.


  • To promote improvements in the reception and integration of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.
  • To support non-Irish nationals who are in detention under immigration legislation.
  • To advocate for a more just immigration system and asylum process.
  • To foster a more positive public image of asylum seekers and migrants in Ireland and deepen public understanding of asylum and migration issues.
  • To support the work of JRS Europe, the JRS International Office and JRS projects on the ground worldwide.
We seek to contribute to integration by providing language support, by running capacity building courses, by organising intercultural events and through our schools integration programme.
Asylum Seeker Support
We provide assistance to persons seeking asylum through direct outreach, language classes and psychosocial support.
We visit immigration detainees, organise training for detention visitors and advocate for more just detention policies.
We work to bring about positive structural changes within the Irish asylum and immigration system and advocate for policies and practices that directly benefit refugees, asylum seekers and the forcibly displaced in Ireland and beyond.

NASC (Irish Immigration Support Centre)

(Member of ELENA)
Enterprise House
35 Mary Street
Tel.: +353 (21) 431 7411
Fax: +353 021 457 0523
Email: infoatnascireland [dot] org
Nasc is the Irish word for "link". Nasc works to link migrants and ethnic minorities to their rights through protecting human rights, promoting integration and campaigning for change. Our mission is to enable migrants and ethnic minorities to access justice and human rights and work to achieve a just, inclusive and equal society. Nasc works for an inclusive society based on the principles of human rights, social justice and equality. The organisation's work focuses on connecting communities, reuniting families, and campaging for change.

Rape Crisis Centre

(Member of ELENA)
70 Lower Leeson Street,
Dublin 2
Tel.: +353 (1) 661 4911
Fax: +353 (1) 661 0873
E-mail: rccatindigo [dot] ie

The services include a national 24-hour helpline, one to one counselling, court accompaniment, outreach services, training, awareness raising and lobbying. Over the past 30 years we have developed and expanded our services to include a 24-hour telephone helpline staffed by trained counsellors which operates 365 days of the year. Although the Centre is based in Dublin, our counsellors take calls from all over the country. The Centre takes calls from women and men of all ages who have experienced or want to talk about the effects of any kind of sexual violence.

Spirasi (Medical Programme for Survivors of Torture)

(Member of ELENA)

231 North Circular Road, Dublin 7.
Tel.: +353 (1) 838 9664 / +353 (1) 868 3504
Fax: +353 (1) 868 6500
E-mail: infoatspirasi [dot] ie

SPIRASI has been working with survivors of torture since early 2001 and is the only specialist centre in Ireland for the care and rehabilitation of survivors of torture and severe trauma. We are a member of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) since May 2003. SPIRASI aims to rehabilitate survivors of torture with the help of our medical doctors, psychologists, therapists and psycho-social workers by providing medical, therapeutic and social assistance. We see integration as an important part of our clients’ rehabilitation. SPIRASI provides free English, numeracy and IT classes, which are open not just to survivors of torture but refugees and asylum seekers as well. SPIRASI also works to protect survivors of torture from the threat of refoulement, which means the forced return of a person to a country where they face persecution. Since SPIRASI began caring for survivors of torture, we have provided help to over 3,600 clients. The total number of nationalities seen to date is 117, the majority of these come from African countries, but with an increasing number of clients coming from the Middle East in recent years.

The Integration Centre

18 Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)1 64 53 070
Email: infoatintegrationcentre [dot] ie

The Integration Centre - Connecting Communities Advancing Integration is committed to the integration and inclusion of people from immigrant backgrounds in Ireland. The Centre specializes in planning, monitoring and advocacy at city, local, national and international levels and provides regionalized information, advice and training services. Evidence-based research influences positive change in legislation, policy and practice. We have more than 250 affiliated organisations as part of our network.

Vincentian Refugee Centre

(Member of ELENA)
St Peter’s Church, Phibsboro,
Dublin 7
Tel.: +353 (1) 810 2580
Fax: +353 (1) 838 9950
E-mail: refugeecentrephibsboroateircom [dot] net
The Vincentian Refugee Centre provides services for people seeking asylum, refugees and people with permission to remain in the State. It is a collaborative ministry of the Daughters of Charity, the Society of Vincent dePaul and the Congregation of the Mission. The organisation aims to provide a place of welcome and hospitality and to aid those seeking asylum in finding a decent quality of life and living circumstances. They work for social justice and act to lessen the difficulties towards integration.


Akina Dada wa Africa (AkiDwA) 

Unit 2 Killarney Court, Buckingham Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
Tel.: +353 (0)1 8349851

AkiDwA (Swahili for sisterhood) is an authoritative, minority ethnic-led national network of African and migrant women living in Ireland. The organisation was established in 2001 by a group of African women to address, isolation, racism and Gender Based Violence that the women were experiencing at the time. As part of their work on GBV, which includes FGM/C, they also raise awareness on FGM/C in Ireland and collaborate with other organisations to end the practice.