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# Asylum Seekers

6th December 2023
Over 62 men seeking asylum in Ireland not offered accommodation as tents are handed out
Concerns have been raised about the risk to asylum seekers who may end up in tents on the street, after tents were set on fire back in May.
'An insult': Advocacy groups criticise €75 increase in weekly payment to asylum seekers
A total of €113.80 per week will be paid to International Protection Applicants without accommodation.
Dáil adopts motion emphasising importance of inward migration, following immigration debate
Minister Roderic O’Gorman accused politicians claim they’re prevented from discussing immigration of cloaking themselves in ‘victimhood’.
This week
3rd December 2023 - 7th December 2023
Tents to be offered to asylum seekers with no accommodation as Govt confirms €75 weekly payment
Yesterday, it was announced that the state had run out of accommodation for international protection applicants.
Ministers to discuss a €75 payment to asylum applicants after accommodation runs out
The Department of Integration has confirmed the state has run out of accomodation for everyone.
Living expenses for asylum applicants to be increased if state runs out of accommodation
The minister said it’s “likely” the state will run out of accommodation in the coming days.
Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
'Vigilantes' patrolling rural areas against asylum seekers seeking ID details, committee told
Patrick Costello pointed to alleged checkpoints in Leitrim and vigilante style protests in a number of other counties.
Highest number of asylum applications filed on record last year
Over 13,600 people applied for international protection last year.
'Real possibility' of asylum seeker accommodation shortfall in coming days, Cabinet told
Micheál Martin says the situation is very challenging.
Last month
November 2023
Finland to close all but one border crossing to Russia after rise in asylum seekers
Finland last week shut half of its eight crossings to Russia.
Refugee organisations decry conditions in tents on Direct Provision sites as mid-winter approaches
A report by
David MacRedmond
The Journal spoke to a resident in one campsite who described conditions as inhumane.
Sunak will seek to revive his asylum seeker Rwanda plan after Supreme Court defeat
The British Prime Minister pledged that he would ‘not allow a foreign court to block these flights’ to Rwanda.
UK Supreme Court rules government plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda is unlawful
The ruling is another blow to Rishi Sunak’s promise to “stop the boats”.
This year
No movement on lack of Child Benefit entitlement for families in Direct Provision
Earlier today Heather Humphries said O’Gorman would be making an announcement on financial support for families in Direct Provision.
Taoiseach: Ireland may pay EU countries rather than accept more refugees under migration pact
Leo Varadkar was speaking at the European Political Community Summit, where he also held a meeting with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
EU reaches 'historic' new migration deal to help ease pressure on Italy and Greece
The new deal will seek to relieve the pressure on so-called ‘frontline’ countries, such as Italy and Greece, by relocating some arrivals to other EU states.
Medical charity: Refugees with cancer visiting hospitals for checkups as they can't get GPs
David Cullinane said the Government made a ‘major mistake’ in allowing a cap on the number of patients assigned to GPs .
Extra €1b announced for Ukrainian accommodation as Minister confirms tents may be used over winter
Currently, 800 people are being housed in tents.
Minister says Govt 'under real pressure' to accommodate refugees in coming months
Roderic O’Gorman said a significant increase in arrivals “particularly on the Ukrainian side” is putting additional pressure on accommodation.
Syrian family loses EU lawsuit against Frontex deportation, despite lodging asylum request
The EU General Court determined that border protection agency Frontex was not responsible for the underlying decision to remove the family, only Greece was.
Roderic O'Gorman emailed by TDs over concerns about refugee accommodation and far-right figures
A report by
Stephen McDermott
Dozens of TDs have emailed O’Gorman about refugees in the past year.
FactFind: What are the laws around asylum seekers being able to vote in Irish elections?
Irish and British citizens can vote in General Elections, but all residents can vote in local elections.
The plan to end Direct Provision by next year is being revised - what's next for the system?
A report by
Jane Moore
The Government’s White Paper had committed to ending Direct Provision by 2024.
Asylum seekers taken off Bibby Stockholm barge after Legionella found in water supply
Refugees are being housed in the barge in an attempt to reduce spending on hotels for asylum seekers.
Varadkar condemns attack on family home of councillor in which rock was thrown through window
A note was wrapped around the rock, which warning the councillor to “stop supporting” refugees “or you’ll have to move out”.
Gardaí investigating after rock thrown through window of councillor's family home
A note was wrapped around the rock, which warning the councillor to “stop supporting” refugees “or you’ll have to move out”.
Advocates say Ireland has a 'two-tier' asylum system ahead of World Refugee Day
“The Ukrainians aren’t getting treated amazingly… but the fact that they have been given PPS numbers, it means that they could have done this with all asylum seekers from the beginning.”
Government able to offer accommodation to newly arrived asylum seekers for first time since January
On 24 January, the Department of Integration paused the provision of emergency shelter to asylum seekers.
Four unaccompanied minors among 1,400 refugees forced to sleep rough, report shows
A report by the Irish Refugee Council examined the impact of homelessness on already vulnerable asylum seekers arriving in Ireland.
Government examining plans to house asylum seekers in tents at former Central Mental Hospital
The lands at the former hospital are currently being transferred to the LDA, which has been granted planning permission to develop 852 homes on the site.
State to pay €1.5m to EU over lack of accommodation for asylum seekers
Taoiseach says it is not realistic, legal, or practical to put a limit on the numbers of people coming into Ireland.
Irish officials to review 'safe countries of origin' designation on 8 nations within next year
The designation applies to countries deemed to be safe for the purposes of asylum applications.
Seven vacant nursing homes mooted for 600 refugee beds but block on converting continues
Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall believes the Government has enabled a situation where nursing homes and the accommodation crisis are ‘pitted against each other’.
A review on the ban to stop nursing home operators from converting their facilities into emergency accommodation says a two-year obstruction should remain in place.
It leaves the departments of health and integration at loggerheads as each deals with a mounting crisis.
'Where will mum go?' Families panic following Cork nursing home's Fair Deal exit
Floatel accommodation is now a 'serious strand' of policy but is still 'months away'
Ireland may 'fall short' on human rights obligations over lack of accommodation for refugees
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that the Government was “working tirelessly” to resolve the situation.
O'Gorman: 'Disturbing' that anti-immigration protesters are 'wrapping themselves in the tricolour'
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has described some recent protests outside asylum seeker accommodation as wrong.
Minister says ‘floatels’ are being looked at to house refugees
The Department of Integration had ruled out using cruise liners but a smaller ‘floatel’ concept could work, Roderic O’Gorman said.
Simon Harris: 'It's not for any of us' to question decisions of Gardaí on the ground at protests
The Justice Minister said that he has full confidence in members of the Gardaí to implement the law when policing protests.
Ireland has a moral duty to those seeking asylum, says President Higgins
‘The parallels with An Gorta Mór and the mass displacement it caused 175 years ago must not be lost on us,’ Higgins said.
Minister welcomes end of blockade at hotel housing asylum seekers in Co Clare
The Minister said he would revisit Magowna House again in four weeks time.
Minister tells locals 'no additional' asylum seekers will be housed at Clare hotel in next four weeks
Joe O’Brien met with a delegation of locals who have been protesting outside Magowna House in Inch, Co Clare this evening.
Ministers met with Garda management this evening to discuss how protests have been policed and migrants can be protected.
One Green Party TD says there has been a 'growing' tolerating of violence and intimidation by gardaí, and that management must explain its policing strategy.
Three new accommodation centres for asylum seekers are set to open in Dublin, as the Government scrambles to house international protection applicants sleeping rough.
Clare locals protesting housing of asylum seekers 'disappointed' at government response
'Horror' after Clare protesters board bus to conduct 'headcount of asylum seekers'