Migrants in the US who arrived in the Midwest this year are feeling overwhelmed by the arrival of so many new arrivals and are worried about the future of their lives in the country.
Many migrants said they had no idea if they would be able to return to their families in Ireland.
The Government has warned that if they don’t have a plan for their families, they could face deportation to the US.
There are fears that people who have already arrived in Ireland will have no idea how they will be treated once they have arrived.
There is also concern that the US Government is not being honest with the Irish Government about its plans for those who have come to Ireland.
In an open letter to the Irish Minister for Social Protection, Michael McGrath, the Irish Migration Council (IMCC) said that a lack of information about what is being planned for migrants in the coming weeks meant they were at risk of losing their families.
“The Government’s response to this is extremely poor, and it’s only just beginning,” said IMCC director of policy and advocacy Dr John Lyons.
“What has the Government been doing about the migration crisis and the lack of a plan has been incredibly poor and it is being ignored.”
He said that the Government had not released information about the number of people who would be placed in the Special Protection Category (SPC), and that the decision to allow those in the category to continue to live in the UK was “a mistake”.
He said the Government was also making decisions that would have an impact on people in the SPC, which are based on a ‘welfare ratio’, a calculation based on how many of those in a particular category would be receiving welfare payments.
In a statement, Minister McGrath said that “Ireland has an extensive programme for refugees and asylum seekers, which includes comprehensive and timely resettlement programmes for asylum seekers.
These programmes have been well funded, have been implemented and will continue to be implemented”.
He added that “in recent years, a number of asylum seekers have come here in a number and in a short period of time, we have managed to relocate more than half of those who came here”.
He claimed that, “the Government has a long-term commitment to supporting people who are arriving here in the long term”.
Minister McGraths statement came as Irish Immigration Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that there were no plans for “a mass repatriation”.
He also said that if a migrant does not qualify for a welfare payment, he or she would be sent back to their country of origin.
The Minister also said there were a number people who were “not going to be given a penny”.
He was responding to a petition signed by nearly 100,000 people calling for the Government to reconsider its plans to send migrants back to Ireland in the wake of the Dublin Agreement.
The Irish Government has said that all people who arrived before July 2019 will be eligible for welfare payments if they apply for one.
There has been a surge in the number coming to Ireland as a result of the Irish Refugee Convention (IRCC), which came into force in 2016.
The IRCC allowed people to apply for asylum in the Republic of Ireland and has been in place since 2013.
The number of refugees arriving in Ireland has increased by nearly 200,000 since January.
In response to the influx, the Government has promised to offer €5,000 a person for each person who applies for asylum and a €100,000 grant for people who remain in Ireland for five years or more.
The Migration Act says that people entering Ireland in a welfare claim, whether in the form of welfare or sponsorship payments, can apply for a residence permit for up to six months.
But the Government says that it will be assessing applications on a case-by-case basis, and there will be no amnesty for people in a Welfare Claim if they leave Ireland for more than five years.
Dr Lyons said that he had seen many migrants in Ireland who had been in the USA for four years or longer and who were still waiting for their applications to be processed.
“If you are going to come to the UK to claim asylum you have to have a residency permit, you have got to be at least 16 years old, you need to have worked here for five months or more,” he said.
He said if a person was in a Protection Visa or a Special Protection Visa and wanted to return home, it was very difficult for them to do so.
“I’ve seen people who come to our country in the past five years, who are only in their 20s, and they’ve had two applications for protection, and all of them are turned down,” he added.
“They don’t want to come back to the USA, they don to go back to America and they don, because it’s not fair to them, and to get back to a place where they haven’t worked in six months they want to stay in the United States, and then it’s a big hassle.”
In an interview with the Sunday Independent, Minister