CitationBarnardos. (2010). Barnardos Submission to the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Women’s Rights, on the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill 2010 With Regards to Separated Children. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/677
AbstractBarnardos would like to take this opportunity to comment on and highlight some concerns regarding the Immigration, Residence and Protection (IRP) Bill 2010 from the perspective of separated children and/or children who have been victims of trafficking.
Barnardos believes this Bill, as far as children are concerned, should be viewed from a child protection perspective rather than purely as an immigration issue. In other words, any child entering this jurisdiction should be viewed as a child first and foremost and their immigration status considered as a secondary concern.
In all cases, the best interests of the child should be the primary consideration.
The Bill presents Ireland with the opportunity to incorporate key principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Irish legislation as recommended by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in 1998 and 2006.