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Differential access to social protection system and benefits - Do some or more categories of migrants minorities or stateless/non-citizens face limitations and restrictions?

Key Area:
Health And Social Protection
Discrimination, Equality
27/02/2012 - 18:34
Short Answer

The significant barriers to migrants access to social protection are 1) legal status and 2) Satisfying the Habitual Residency Condition.

Qualitative Info

In general, a migrant must first satisfy the Irish Department of Social Protection that they are legally residing in the country with a valid, up to date immigration status.

Once the applicants right to reside has been established the following 5 factors are examined to find out if they are habitually resident in Ireland:

  • Length and continuity of residence in Ireland
  • Length and purpose of any absence from Ireland
  • Nature and pattern of employment
  • The applicants main centre of interest
  • The applicants future intentions to live in Ireland as it appears from the evidence


Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers
Type (R/D)
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Health and social protection
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