Freedom of movement

Republic of Ireland

Country Report: Freedom of movement Last updated: 25/05/23


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Beneficiaries of international protection can reside anywhere in the State and are not restricted to particular areas, although social housing shortages can mean that it can be difficult for them to locate in heavily populated areas such as Dublin.

Beneficiaries of international protection are entitled to the same medical care and social welfare benefits as Irish citizens so the provision of material conditions is not subject to actual residence in a specific place but there is a shortage of available and suitable accommodation which impacts both Irish citizens and refugees alike at the moment in Ireland.

Beneficiaries of international protection were subject to the same public health measures as Irish nationals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, as of March 2021, this included a limit on exercise within a 5km radius of one’s home and travel for essential purposes only, such as medical appointments, food and other necessities as established in Government Guidelines.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation