Migrants’ Barriers to Social Welfare. 01 st March 2012. Nasc – The Irish Immigrant Support Centre. Nasc – the Irish Immigrant Support Centre is an NGO that seeks to respond to the needs of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
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01st March 2012 Nasc, The Irish Immigrant Support Centre (Fiona Hurley) www.nascireland.org
Toms is from Latvia and came to Ireland for the first time in 2005. After working for five months with a construction company he was made redundant, he then spent another nine months working and studying in Ireland before returning temporarily to Latvia. He returned to Ireland in 2007 and has been resident in Ireland since then. Toms had three different periods of employment in Ireland following his return – one for three months, one for four months and one for fourteen months. When his last job finished in 2010 he applied for Jobseekers Allowance and SWA - both applications were refused on HRC grounds even though as an EEA worker he was entitled to an SWA payment. At the time of writing Toms was homeless.
Parliamentary Questions: Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton) Question 394 on the 21st February 2012