The integration and Support Unit (ISU) is a humanitarian Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). Based in the Edmund Rice Centre, Mount Sion, Waterford, we have served over 3,500 Refugees, Asylum Seekers and other Migrants in the southeast since our establishment in 2006.
We work with other NGOs, agencies, academics and the private sector to provide a variety of supports to our clients, including advocacy, integration, professional service referrals, English language classes, outreach and policy development.
We provide a wide range of services and supports to Refugees, Asylum Seekers and other vulnerable Migrants who are trying to integrate into the southeast region.
Much of our work is in Direct Provision accommodation centres, where we help parents overcome barriers such as childcare, isolation and language.
With the assistance of our dedicated volunteers and a small but highly committed staff, we work with other organisations and partners to maximize resources and provide the best service possible to our clients.
A Refugee is a person who meets the eligibility criteria under the applicable refugee definition, as provided by international or regional refugee instruments, under the UNHCR mandate and/or in National legislation. Any person who is persecuted as a result of political unrest, war, religious affiliation, reasons of race, environmental disasters or human trafficking, is outside the country of nationality and is unable to avail of the protection of that country or unwilling to return to it is considered a Refugee.
An Asylum Seeker is an individual who has crossed an international border and is seeking international protection. In countries with individualised procedures, an Asylum Seeker is someone whose claim for asylum has not yet been finally decided by the country in which he or she has submitted it. Not every Asylum Seeker will ultimately be recognised as a Refugee, but every Refugee is initially an Asylum Seeker. They do not have permissions to work in the country of refuge until they have received full Refugee status.
There is no internationally recognised definition of Migrants. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ policy on migration describes Migrants as people who leave or flee their places of habitual residence to go to a new place, across international borders or within their own state, to seek better or safer perspectives. Migration can be forced or voluntary, although Asylum Seekers and Refugees often travel alongside Migrants in ‘mixed flows’, they have specific needs and are protected by a specific legal framework.
Delivered in partnership with HSE Social Inclusion Southeast through engagement with Community Knowledge Healthcare Workers who provide peer supports, information and access to mainstream health services.
Includes supports to individuals and families living in Direct Provision Centres and to those who are furthest removed from accessing services. Supports are person-centred and identified through evidence based needs.
Supports include access to basic skills such as English Language Learning through a range of levels to increase opportunity to engage in employment and integration opportunities.
Since 2013 we have been engaged in providing supports for Roma communities under our Vulnerable Immigrants banner in association with HSE Social Inclusion Southeast & Waterford Roma Interagency Group.
Integration and Support Unit
Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre
Tel: +353 (0)51 852 564
Charity Number: 14748