IMPACT conference blog: Refugee crisis

IMPACT trade union members have unanimously backed a motion calling on the government to increase the number of refugees accepted into the country under refugee relocation and resettlement programmes.

IMPACT has consistently supported a humanitarian and compassionate response to asylum seekers. Last year IMPACT deputy general secretary, Kevin Callinan, expressed the union’s concerns to the escalating humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean to the Minister for Foreign Affairs regarding the refugee crisis. He called for a humanitarian response to refugees and for “safe, legal routes to secure living environments”.

Through its 25 year history, IMPACT has campaigned for a humanitarian and compassionate response to asylum seekers, as well as adequate funding and decent conditions for those who deliver services to them.