The propagation of racist myths by sections of the media, and by politicians such as Ivor Callely, is designed to deflect attention from decades of neglect of working class communities by successive governments.
Asylum seekers are being made into scapegoats for problems of poverty and deprivation which existed in Ireland long before their arrival.
Racism does not offer any solution to poverty in Ireland. Instead it divides working class people and communities on the grounds of colour, and deflects us into fighting among ourselves. Meanwhile the government gives away our tax money in grants to big business and tax amnesties for the rich.
DON'T BE TAKEN IN BY RACIST MYTHS. BLAME THE REAL 'SPONGERS' - POLITICIANS AND THEIR BUSINESS FRIENDS, OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS, TAX AMNESTIES, LAND REZONING DEALS ETC. ETC.
FACT: The number of asylum seekers coming to Ireland is tiny by international standards. There are currently between 3,000 and 4,000 asylum seekers in Ireland. Compare this to the estimated 30 million displaced people in the world.
FACT: Around 5 million people live in the 32 Counties today, compared to over 8 million 150 years ago. Ireland has plenty of room for asylum seekers.
FACT: Asylum seekers are not allowed to work or study until their cases have been processed. This can take more than 3 years. In the meantime they must claim social welfare or starve. They are only entitled to the lowest possible social welfare payment (Supplementary Welfare Allowance).
FACT: Asylum seekers are not housed any faster than Irish people. Asylum seekers are not the cause of homelessness. The housing crisis is a direct result of the failure of local authorities to build enough public housing.
Contact the Anti Racism Campaign at 10 Upr. Camden St., Dublin 2, Tel. 088-2129770