Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Refugee Situation in Syria: Discussion

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I thank our guests for their insightful presentations. I do not have the benefit of the experience of the previous speaker and, therefore, I will ask a few questions. What our guests highlighted in their informative presentations are issues which we will continue to articulate and advocate on their behalf. Has Ireland and the European Union done enough to accept refugees or people who either cannot or will never return to Syria? What struck me in each of their presentations is the scale of the issue and the fallout in terms of the numbers of people who are impacted. Are we doing enough? Is the European Union doing enough? I presume they will say the answers to both those questions is "No". How much more can we conceivably do?

We must be practical about it too.

Will the witnesses comment on the follow-through from the United States when Mr. Trump signed the famous executive order banning all sorts of immigrants from entering the country, which was targeted at people from a Muslim background? Has that also caused a knock-on problem down the road in terms of allowing a release valve for other developed nations to try to share the burden of the humanitarian crisis?


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