Putting the Irish First: Migration Policy Choices, Not Laws of Nature.
Ireland is in the midst of great political upheaval as nationalists, as well as other Irish men and women who love their nation, battle against the irresponsible policies of the Indian Leo Varadkar, and the political giants of the nation, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. The refugee flood into Ireland, having jumped from 8,000 in 2021 to well over 73,000 in the current year, is straining the nation and trying the patience of the native Irish.
Crimes, such as rape and predation upon children, are becoming regular occurrences. This is not to mention the various threats which have been made by these migrants. Migrant men are terrorizing Irish communities and the Irish have begun to fight back.
In the process of this great struggle, one which is pitting the population of a small nation against the neoliberal order which rules the Western world, the Irish must be armed with a basic understanding of what their state is and is not able to do. The enemies of the Irish, their own political class moreso than any other, will claim that because the nation is a member of the European Union, and because it is a member of various refugee treaties, that Ireland must take endless flows of refugees.
This is categorically untrue.
The Irish state is empowered to control the level of immigration under all of the EU treaties and various global compacts which the Irish elite claim prevent them from taking substantial action. There is in reality no real ‘obligation’ for the Irish nation to become a repository for the wandering masses of the third world.
The Irish political and media class may attempt and assert that Ireland cannot close its borders as it is part of the Schengen area, and of course the Freedom of Movement area of the European Union. The first of these claims is extremely easy to push aside, Ireland is not part of the Schengen area and retains the right to control its borders in whatever manner it sees fit. This was demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic when the Irish state was asked to close its borders by the European Union, after the entirety of the Schengen zone had done so.
Moreover, the Irish state suspended the issuance of most visas during 2020, preventing migration flows into the country. These events clearly demonstrate the level of control the Irish state has over the flow of people into and out of the nation. It is a matter of political will as to whether or not Ireland has open borders. Sweeping systematic changes, such as a referendum on membership to the European Union are not needed in order to close the Irish border to these migrants.
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As for the migrants themselves, there is a simple way to stop them. When the government asserts that Ireland must be “prepare” and should plan for 80,000 migrants to come to Ireland in 2023, as integration Minister Joe O’Brien recently did, this is a policy choice. The Irish government is under no obligation to plan for let alone allow 80,000 migrants to enter the country in 2023, or 2024, or at any other time.
European Union and Irish refugee law spell out quite clearly that Ireland is now only allowed to prevent persons from entering the country, but Ireland is empowered to remove persons claiming refugee status to a third country. Article 3 section 5 of the European “Convention for Determining the State Responsible for Examining Applications for Asylum”, which is itself part of the Irish Refugee Act of 1996, states:
“Any Member State shall retain the right, pursuant to its national laws, to send an applicant for asylum to a third State, in compliance with the provisions of the Geneva Convention, as amended by the New York Protocol.”
While European Union Regulation No 604/2013, popularly known as the Dublin protocol, states:
“Where it is established, on the basis of proof or circumstantial evidence as described in the two lists mentioned in Article 22(3) of this Regulation, including the data referred to in Regulation (EU) No 603/2013, that an applicant has irregularly crossed the border into a Member State by land, sea or air having come from a third country, the Member State thus entered shall be responsible for examining the application for international protection. That responsibility shall cease 12 months after the date on which the irregular border crossing took place.”
To translate: The Irish state is under no obligation to take refugees who would have travelled across multiple safe countries. In the case of Ireland this quite literally means the entirety of continental Europe. There is no way to get to Ireland unless you first walk or fly across the whole of the continent. Ireland is under no obligation to take anyone who arrives to its shores for this reason.
Furthermore, the Irish state is so empowered by the Refugee Act of 1996 to deport these people to a third country while processing their (bogus) applications.
Irish nationalists must avoid being bogged down by the utterances of a traitorous elite. What is happening to Ireland right now is the result of deliberate policy decisions which can be reversed if a government with the approrpiate political will were put in place. This is, of course, easier said than done.
But, it is still empowering to understand that your enemies are lying about their own system, and that they must obfuscate and tell untruths in order to attempt and make people feel as if there is no point in resisting. The public is far less likely to stand up if they are told that migration is a “fact of life” due to the legal structures Ireland finds itself within. However, when one understands that this is not the case, the possibilities become much broader.
Ireland does not need to first exit the European Union, leave the United Nations, or violate various precious international laws in order to assert its right to control its borders. The nation has these rights now.
It’s a matter of who is in office in Dublin.