Written answers

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Department of Justice and Equality

Repatriation Costs

Photo of Jonathan O'BrienJonathan O'Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein)
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273. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the facilities that will be put in place to assist students affected by the closure of private colleges who wish to return to their home States but cannot afford to do so. [47168/14]

Photo of Frances FitzgeraldFrances Fitzgerald (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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There are no arrangements in place for funding return flights for students in this situation, arising from the closure of a private sector enterprise. As to the learner protection offered by immigration agents or consular assistance available from their embassy in Ireland or accredited to it I am not in a position to comment.

The International Organisation for Migration manages Ireland's Voluntary Assisted Return & Reintegration Programme. This programme is open to asylum seekers, irregular migrants, victims of trafficking and unaccompanied minors from non-EU countries who wish to return home voluntarily but do not have the financial means and/or the necessary documentation to do so. If a student is now unlawfully present in the State and in a particularly vulnerable situation they may be eligible for consideration under this programme.


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