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Do migrants/minorities face disproportionate problems in accessing justice?

Key Area:
Policing - Law Enforcement - Justice
Racism, Discrimination
27/02/2012 - 16:32
Short Answer

Yes, in some cases.

Qualitative Info

In some instances, a migrants access to justice may be inhibited by their immigration status. While the courts and various tribunals and agencies with a remit in the area do not specifically state that a migrant who is undocumented is excluded from availing of their services, in reality many face significant problems in accessing their right to redress. In this way their access to justice is disproportionaly affected by their immigration status. In other areas where the individuals status is not in question, migrants have generally the same access to legal protection as Irish nationals but agruably are subject to many more areas of discretionaly practices which often make their position more vulnerable.

Source: MRCI Report 'Accessing Redress for Workplace Exploitation: The Experience of Migrant Workers' Page 30.

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Ethnic minorities
Type (R/D)
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement, Integration - social cohesion
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