Reception and Integration Agency

The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) was established by the Irish government on 2 April 2001. Resulting from the merger of the Directorate for Asylum Support Services and the Refugee Agency (which was part of the Department of Foreign Affairs), it is part of the Department of Justice and Equality.

The RIA is responsible for coordinating the provision of services to both asylum seekers and refugees, coordinating the implementation of integration policy for all refugees and persons granted leave to remain in the Republic of Ireland and responding to crisis situations which may result in large numbers of refugees arriving in the country.

After a government decision of 2 March 2004, the RIA was assigned responsibility for supporting the repatriation, on an ongoing basis for the Department of Social Protection, of nationals of the ten new EU member states (Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia) who might fail the Habitual Residency Condition attaching to Social Assistance Payments.

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