Irish Red Cross Migration Programme

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For many years the Irish Red Cross has been supporting refugees living in Ireland. 

Between 1945 and 1946, the Irish Red Cross resettled over 1000 child refugees from war-torn countries. This was called Operation Shamrock.  Over 40 years ago, just over 200 refugees from Vietnam were welcomed into Irish communities with the help of the Irish Red Cross. 

Today, we are continuing this amazing work by supporting refugees in Ireland through a variety of programmes. 

Irish Red Cross Register of Pledges

The Irish Red Cross was tasked under its mandate as auxiliary to the Irish Government to co-ordinate offers of support from the Irish public, to facilitate the placement of refugees into pledged and private rented accommodation and to support the social integration of refugees at the community level.

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The goal of the programme is to enable refugees in Ireland to integrate into Irish society and achieve their potential. The Irish Red Cross has been providing support in this regard to the Irish Government since 2015 to assist the fulfilment of its EU commitment to promoting the resettlement and integration of Refugees under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme. 

The Irish Red Cross delivers direct assistance to both families and single people through the provision of pledged and private rented accommodation in addition to providing professional casework services offering wraparound supports to refugees promoting engagement with education, employment, social protection and health services, and liaising with the wider Government-led Resettlement Programme across Ireland. 

As a result, the Irish Red Cross established, managed and utilised public support through the IRC Register of Pledges platform

PRISM Project:

Promoting Reconciliation and Integration through Safe Mediation - (PRISM) works with communities across Northern Ireland. This project helps people explore and share the issues that drive them apart and bring them together. Through the PRISM project, people from different cultural backgrounds come together to make connections with people from their own and other communities. The project is funded by the EU Peace IV Programme and has pan Ireland aspirations to understand the factors which aid and sustain attitudinal change in a divided society and to test approaches to community integration. 

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AVAIL Project

Operating in Ireland, the UKLatvia and Italy, the Amplifying the Voices of Asylum seekers and refugees for Integration and Life skills – or AVAIL – project has been exploring new ways to support integration through the participation of refugees, asylum seekers and host communities. Working together, refugees, asylum seekers and the Red Cross create, design and implement activities and services. This helps people feel more engaged while making the services more relevant for others who use them. As part of the project in Ireland, The Irish Red Cross worked to match up arrivals with local buddies.


Buddies are volunteers from the local community able to provide practical and emotional support, as well as opening doors to local networks, to help people ease their way into the new culture, society and community.

Irish Red Cross Community Sponsorship Ireland

The Irish Red Cross, in cooperation with the Irish Refugee Protection Programme at the Department of Justice and Equality, IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada), UNHCR, NASC, the Irish Refugee Council and Amnesty International Ireland have worked together since 2017 to develop the Irish model of Community Sponsorship. 


The IRC have two operational groups in Dublin and Meath incorporating 2 families of 4 and 5 people respectively, with a total of 10 groups in 8 counties positively engaged at the start of 2020. Covid19 has impacted the development of some of the new groups.   Engagement is ongoing with Caseworkers offering online training and continuing to contact group leads. Arabic COVID19 related material has been circulated to the Groups for use by families.

FEAD Project

The Fund of European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) is designed to support Member States in addressing the basic needs of the most deprived people in our community. The Programme is for people without access to income or living in very poor circumstances. The Programme works through not-for-profit bodies to fund the purchase of food and basic material assistance. The distribution of this Fund in Ireland is known as FEAD Ireland

The Irish Red Cross, in association with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection procure and distribute Basic Household Kits and Personal Hygiene kits for refugees.  The Household and Hygiene kits are funded by The European Fund for Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) and are designed to assist the basic needs of people moving into a home in Irish communities for the first time


If you have any questions or would like to talk with a member of our team, phone 01 642 4644 or email