For Oral Answer on : 29/11/2022
Question Number(s): 94 Question Reference(s): 59209/22
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
To ask the Minister for Social Protection the way that she is supporting refugees and those who are seeking international protection to gain employment; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
The Department’s public employment services, delivered through Intreo, are available to International Protection applicants with permission to work and to those who been granted refugee status. Employment Services staff engage systematically with refugees who are in receipt of a jobseeker payment and a walk-in service is available to all on a voluntary basis.
Public Employment Services staff will engage with these customers to identify and address any specific potential barriers to employment, such as literacy and numeracy, health, and English language proficiency. Where appropriate, customers may be referred to suitable education, training or development opportunities. The Public Employment Service works closely with education and training boards to facilitate access to relevant training supports, including English language training.
In accordance with the Temporary Protection Directive (TPD) implemented in March, people fleeing the war in Ukraine can avail of income supports and employment services, provided by this Department. They can work in Ireland and access the full range of social welfare and employment supports. The Public Employment Services arranged employment support events specifically for jobseekers residing in Ireland under the TPD and staff in Intreo Centres provide employment support services on a one-to-one basis.
I trust that this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.