Over the past several years the topic of asylum and immigration has grown, and has become an important topic of conversation. There are multiple opinions on the subject, a vast amount of these can be based on misinformation and ignorance. As was found during initial research into the topic of international protection, there was no clear information on the asylum system and the process that individuals must go through to seek asylum within Ireland. We felt there was a need to research and explain this process. It was also important to gather public opinion on the subject and discover where people gathered their information and their feelings towards the asylum system.
It is well established that there is a lot of misinformation regarding asylum seekers. Deegan (2002) states that the issue was the misunderstanding that all non-nationals may be labelled as asylum seekers. It is expressed by Coogan (2014) that this misinformation does nothing to add any discourse to the subject of asylum. It is this that this project is looking to investigate. By researching the asylum system and the process involved, it will allow us a better understanding.
An investigation into the international protection process
A study into the international protection process with Ireland; understanding the application from first step to last. Investigating and exploring public knowledge regarding the asylum process. Researching basic basic facts, statistics and information surrounding asylum. Understanding each step of the process that an applicant must go through to apply for refugee status.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
The aim for this project is to inform the public about the asylum seeker process, from when the migrant enters the country and first applies for asylum, until the final decision has been made. This shall be done using videos, infographics and supported by stories from people within the system.
The objectives were to study and research the asylum process. Through Interviews and record people in the asylum process. To conduct a survey to gather people's opinions on the asylum system. To present this information through a variety of mediums on a parallax, interactive webpage. To engage users by allowing them to interact with the information on screen.
The desired outcome of this project is to give users a clear and informed understanding of the asylum system and the entire process from beginning to outcome. But, to also present it in a style that is creative and interesting for the end user
5 STEP GUIDE
There were several interesting findings from this research. When considering that data gathered from the survey, there was a vastly larger number of female respondents than male, this was slightly over 2 to 1. There were a total of 22 respondents of the opinion that the asylum system was either lenient/too lenient. When considering respondents who were negative towards the asylum system, education did not change opinions. It was actually the opposite, the higher an individuals education, then the more negative they were towards asylum seekers and the asylum system. This also included age, the younger a person was, then the more negative they were towards asylum. In both cases you would consider the opposite to be true. This was not the case in our findings.
When it came to primary sources of information, then the largest medium for gathering information was social media. Considering the issue these platforms have with false information untruths, this may have been a surprise. Although, taking into consideration the volume of people that now use these platforms, it may not be.
This research challenges ideals regarding the young and educated that they are more liberal, and left leaning in their politics than other demographics. When analysing this data, it was a surprising outcome. Although it was a low number of respondents, and a wider number may have a differing outcome. What was not surprising were the interviews. It would be obvious that a people on opposing sides of the international protection process would have opposing view, but there were interesting conclusions. Both interviewees admitted that greater integration would allow the Irish public to have a better understanding of asylum seekers and the international protection process. The official involved did happily admit that asylum seekers were not here for economic benefit, and more to do with the fact that they were unsafe in their country of origin.