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Complementary Pathways to Ireland

Complementary Pathways to Ireland

The world is facing an unprecedented challenge with a record 110 million people forced to flee globally, the vast majority of which are hosted in low- and middle-income countries.

Almost half of the world's refugees are of working age, but many find themselves in countries of asylum where they have limited avenues to work or study.

These are people with skills, dreams, and ambitions, but who face insurmountable barriers in accessing opportunities due to being a refugee.
A young woman stands beside a metal door holding school books.

A Gateway to Hope

Complementary Pathways are safe and legal routes for refugees to relocate from a country of asylum to a third country where their international protection needs can be met. These pathways encompass various opportunities, including pursuing education in a third country, exploring employment prospects, facilitating family reunification, and embracing humanitarian and sponsorship schemes. 

EU-Passworld: Bridging Futures

EU- Passworld is a groundbreaking pilot programme is funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) from 2022-2024. This initiative is aimed at expanding education and labour pathways linked to community sponsorship in Ireland. Through a collaborative effort between UNHCR and Nasc, the Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre, we’re making these pathways a reality. 

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If you would like to learn more about complementary pathways or get involved, contact us at [email protected].