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Ukraine Resources

Ukraine Assistance: Pro-bono Legal Counsel Panel

We are coordinating and inviting practitioners to participate on a register of EU lawyers to assist immigration and refugee NGOs and civil society organisations

The nature of this emergency assistance can relate to the legal complexities in respect of Temporary Protection Directive (TPD) immigration, applications for international protection or other issues relating to permission to enter and to remain in the State.  

Expertise in many other relevant areas of law which would be of interest to new arrivals, on an emergency basis, include social welfare, housing, employment, education law.

How it will work

  • Legal Counsel: Members of The Bar of Ireland are invited to participate, and offer legal assistance on a pro-bono emergency basis by providing their details and of their area of legal specialism as well as any language proficiency to

  • NGOs & partnering EU Bar Associations will have available to them a resource of expert Counsel in order to assist those fleeing the Ukraine crisis seeking particular assistance in coming to Ireland.

Where an NGO/Bar Association registers a query, it will be triaged and assigned to one of our volunteering barristers who then will be your primary contact on your matter.



We list below some links to publicly available resources relevant to Immigration and Protection Law and procedure in the context of the Ukraine Crisis.  We draw particular attention to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for nationals and residents of the Ukraine on the Department of Justice website.

Department of Justice – Immigration Service Delivery

  • for official government policy on immigration

  • for information on temporary protection for people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine

  • FAQs for nationals and residents of Ukraine



Department of Justice – visa / preclearance application process

  • for official government policy on visa applications for people located outside Ireland


IPO (International Protection Office)

  • for details on how to apply for international protection in Ireland

  • for important information for Ukrainian nationals



Department of Social Protection

  • for official governmental policy on social welfare payments



UNHCR Ireland

  • for guidance on how to apply for asylum in Ireland

  • for information for people fleeing Ukraine



Citizens Information

  • for guidance on Irish law and policy


IRC (Irish Refugee Council)

  • an NGO supporting refugees in Ireland

  • IRC Ukraine information note



ICI (Immigrant Council of Ireland)

  • an NGO supporting migrants in Ireland




  • for information on migrants’ rights in Ireland



Mercy Law Resource Centre

  • an NGO supporting people with housing needs

European Commission

  • guidance from the EU for people fleeing Ukraine

IOM (International Organisation for Migration)

  • an international organisation to assist migrants worldwide



Irish Red Cross

  • the Irish branch of an international organisation supporting refugees and their family members worldwide


  • Information for Ukrainian Nationals 

EU Asylum Agency

  • Rapid response by EU+ countries to address the needs of displaced people from Ukraine

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