Asylum Interviews starting again

After a long break caused by the introduction of the 2015 Protection Act and the summer break it looks like asylum interviews are starting up again.

If you have recently received a call to interview you might like to review these sections of the New Horizon website.

It’s got information on:

  • Asylum Seeking Process
  • Definition of a Refugee
  • Refugee Status and Subsidiary Protection
  • Asylum Application Process
  • Dublin III Convention
  • Restrictions on Asylum Seekers
  • The Asylum Interview
  • Preparing for the Asylum Interview
  • At the Asylum Interview
  • Interview Result

If you have problems understanding these documents ask any New Horizon volunteer to explain it.



Asylum Seekers Database

New addition to the website

This is an attempt to gather together in one place information useful to asylum seekers and refugees.

It’s got information on:

  • Ireland and Athlone
  • Asylum seeking process
  • Physical and mental health
  • Education
  • Volunteering
  • Leaving direct provision

And lot’s more. It’s very much a work in progress, comments and updates are very welcome.

Check it out!

Asylum Seeker’s Database

Sea Prayer – Remembering Alan Kurdi

It’s now two years since 3-year-old Alan Kurdi was found drowned on a Turkish beach. Since then it is estimated that 8500 people have died on the same journey.

Khaled Hosseini, a UNHCR goodwill ambassador , has written Sea Prayer. This imagined letter is written in the form of a monologue, delivered by a Syrian father to the son lying asleep in his lap, on the eve of their sea crossing to Europe.

Hosseini is the author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed.

Sea Prayer

Are you interested in mental health issues?


Many asylum seekers suffer from mental health issues as a result of their experiences in the home country, while travelling or living in the asylum-seeking process for a long time.

Regari Recovery College have kindly offered asylum seekers five free places on their “Understanding Mental Health” program starting in September.

Regari is a mental health, recovery and wellbeing education centre that run modules that are co-produced and co-delivered by people with lived experience of mental health challenges, family members and/or carers and people working in the area of mental health and related topics.

An open evening  will be on 4 September at 19:30–21:00 in the Earl of Rosse Lecture Theatre Athlone Institute of Technology

  • Meet Ailish the Regari Peer Educator
  • Learn more about REGARI Recovery College
  • Learn about the modules run to promote, mental health, recovery and well being for all through education, conversation and collaboration.