International protection – an overview


If you have arrived in Ireland and you want to apply for international protection (refugee status or subsidiary protection), you need to know about the legal process for doing so. You need to know about the rights and obligations of asylum seekers and the different legal statuses of asylum seekers and refugees.

(Note: the International Protection Act 2015 introduced new terminology but, for clarity, we will continue to use the terms “asylum” and “asylum seeker” as well.)

In these documents you can find out about:

You will also need to know what to do if your application for international protection is refused. Another useful source of information is decisions made by the Minister for Justice and Equality. If you wish to withdraw your application for refugee status, you will find the information you need in withdrawing from the international protection process.

COVID-19 update

On 6 August 2020, the Government announced that the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is now available to people living in direct provision centres, as well as applicants for international protection who live in the community outside the direct provision system. You must meet the conditions of the scheme to qualify.

Workers living in direct provision who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or who have been advised to self-isolate, can access the COVID-19 enhanced Illness Benefit.

You can read more about your employment rights during COVID-19 restrictions and social welfare payments and COVID-19.

Page edited: 7 August 2020