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The immigration protests are becoming more popular and it is scary

Your Question

 The mass immigration protests are becoming more and more ‘popular’ and it’s scary. I saw some if the mass immigration protests in ireland recently and it disgusts me. Why do people do stuff like that? Everyone has a right to live in the country if approved so why are they protesting against it? During the famine Irish people mass emigrated all over the world and were treated badly so why are the irish proresters doing the same to immigrants? I just don’t understand why it hasn’t been addressed or shut down yet? Will the troubles start again? cause that’s how it started last time kinda. Ireland is starting to feel unsafe of me and other 1st gen immigrants. I don’t know how i can tackle the situation cause it really shouldn’t be happening.


Hi there and welcome to Ask Alex. 

Thank you for reaching out with your question.  We understand that there are some very unsettling things happening in the world at the moment and this can have a huge impact on how we feel and make us question things. 

It seems like you are a very caring young person, otherwise something like this wouldn’t bother you.  You say that you saw some of the protests in Ireland.  It seems that you do not agree with them. Seeing something like that could bring up lots of different emotions, especially if it’s the first time of experiencing something like that. 

People have many different reasons for joining and partaking in something like a rally, so it’s difficult to explore what the reasons are.  Everyone does have the right to live in the country if approved, and it sounds like you would be a great support to someone who has moved here. Here are the rights that all young people have in Ireland and the countries that are signed to the UN (United Nations) Convention on the Rights of the Child  

Have you chatted to your friends or others about your thoughts and how this is making you feel?  It can often be helpful to share how we are feeling with people we trust.  Is there a safe way that you could show your support to immigrants and refugees coming into Ireland? 

We would love to hear more about what you think.  You can contact us here at Childline by phone 1800 66 66 66 or by webchat via  Both services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We provide a free, confidential and non-judgemental listening service and we would love to chat to you a bit more about this. 

Hope this helps, 


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