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Thursday 2 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Asylum Seekers

# demostrations
Varadkar on protests against refugees: 'We should know better. It's not the Irish way'
The Taoiseach said refugees genuinely fleeing war and oppression are welcome here.
# factcheck
Debunked: No, ‘100,000 unvetted foreign nationals’ did not receive free accommodation in a year
Figures for people applying for asylum in Ireland are publicly available… and not nearly that high.
# Emergency Accommodation
Govt facing 'pinch-point' on asylum seeker accommodation
Tánaiste Micheál Martin said that modular housing would come on stream in the coming weeks.
1st February 2023
# Roderic O'Gorman
Minister: 'No level of consultation' would change views of some on housing asylum seekers
Minister Roderic O’Gorman also expressed concern about the impact of some ‘untrue, online rumours’.
This week
29th January 2023 - 2nd February 2023
# Ashtown
'Only a matter of time before someone is killed': Hundreds attend anti-racism event in Ashtown
Ruth Coppinger helped organise an anti-racist demonstration in Ashtown in Dublin yesterday evening.
# Asylum Seekers
89 asylum seekers left without accommodation last week after Citywest closure
The Department of Integration has confirmed it has sourced a “limited number of additional beds” for asylum seekers.
# Asylum Seekers
Residents in Lismore protest against use of town's refurbished hotel for direct provision
Over 200 people reportedly gathered yesterday for a demonstration in the west Waterford town, arguing that the building had been earmarked for tourism.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Asylum Seekers
26 additional asylum seekers unable to be accommodated by State
A total of 81 international protection applicants could not be housed this week.
UN refugee agency says it is 'completely unpalatable' that asylum seekers are homeless in Ireland
A report by
Stephen McDermott
The head of Ireland’s UNHCR office says the State can learn to accommodate current levels of asylum seekers.
# accommodation crisis
Asylum seekers sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin: 'I don't know what's next'
55 asylum seekers have been left without anywhere to stay in recent days.
# Citywest
55 asylum seekers left without accommodation since Citywest closure
The International Protection Accommodation Service will continue to provide accommodation for families with children.
# Homelessness
New asylum accommodation might not be ready for five weeks, as charities prepare for influx
The news comes amid reports of people being forced into sleeping on the streets upon entering Ireland.
Last month
January 2023
# Gino Kenny
Dublin TD says protesters told him 'they will come to my home and burn it down'
The People Before Profit deputy said he would not be intimidated by the threats.
# Drimnagh
Drimnagh is latest Dublin community to form group to 'support inclusion' after protests
Drimnagh For All is aiming to push back against misinformation and to hold events in the area for locals.
# vincent jackson
Refugee accommodation protestors 'roar obscenities' outside house of Ballyfermot councillor
Independent councillor Vincent Jackson said he returned to his home yesterday evening to find his ‘daughter roaring and crying’.
# Ukraine
Modular houses to come on stream as Cabinet briefed on refugee accommodation crisis
Many hotels currently under contract with the Department of Integration will revert to tourist trade in March and April.
# Protests
'We must reclaim the streets from the far-right': Ballymun planning events to welcome refugees
Members of the far-right are “preying” on fears of some local people in Ballymun, a People Before Profit activist has said.
# Ballymun
Housing Minister 'disturbed' by anti-refugee protests in Ballymun over the weekend
Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy said that the protests were “embarrassing” and “upsetting”.
# Clare
Heavily criticised tented accommodation in Co Clare returns to use for 88 asylum seekers
The move has been criticised by a local TD.
Last year
# East Wall
'We have to live together and get along': The local East Wall group welcoming refugees to the area
Volunteers working in the group told The Journal that feedback from people in the area has been “so positive”.
# Protest
East Wall residents' group block Dublin's Port Tunnel over asylum seeker accommodation
It comes after Integration Minister Roderic O’Gorman said the old ESB building in East Wall will not be closed as emergency accommodation for refugees.
# leaking tents
'Inhuman and degrading': Concerns over tented accommodation for asylum seekers in Athlone
A refugee and asylum seekers support organisation working in the area describe the situation as ‘quite critical’.
The Department of Equality and Integration confirmed 146 people are accommodated in tents at the site.
New Horizon, a local refugee and asylum seekers support organisation, describe the conditions as 'inhuman and degrading'.
Its chair told The Journal: 'You cannot have people in tents at the beginning of December in Ireland.'
# East Wall
Further protests in Dublin's East Wall over asylum seeker accommodation
Hundreds of people gathered to protest at the housing of refugees at the old ESB building this evening.
# Manston Detention Centre
‘Shut Manston down’ – hundreds protest outside UK migrant centre in pouring rain
It comes after the centre in Kent was revealed to be dangerously overcrowded.
# Asylum Seekers
UK immigration centre a ‘prison’, migrants say, as they beg for help with message in a bottle
A young girl threw a letter in a bottle over the fence of the Kent processing centre to a PA news agency photographer
# Asylum Seekers
Direct Provision firm records profits of €4.52m as revenues climb to €14.9m
The company operates five different properties in Co Donegal, Co Sligo, Co Mayo, Co Offaly and Co Clare
# Refugees
201 asylum seekers left without accommodation in Ireland due to 'lack of availability'
As of today, IPAS “is in a position to resume offering accommodation”, the Department of Equality said.
Explainer: Why has the govt suspended visa-free travel from 'safe' countries for refugees?
The agreement will be suspended for the next 12 months.
# Asylum Seekers
European Court of Human Rights issues order to prevent asylum seeker from being sent to Rwanda
The first flight of asylum seekers is due to depart from the UK to Rwanda this evening.
# Refugees
Ireland could develop two-tier treatment of asylum seekers, Refugee Council warns
Large numbers of people are currently sleeping on the floor of the Red Cow Moran hotel due to a lack of resources for asylum seekers.
# deportation flights
'Appalling': UK's Prince Charles privately expresses concerns about Rwanda migrant policy
Reports from The Times say that Charles said he was “more than disappointed” with the new policy.
# Refugees
UK sets mid-June date for first flight of asylum seekers to Rwanda despite legal threats
Home Secretary Priti Patel acknowledged the new policy is set to face challenges in the courts.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Were refugees and asylum seekers segregated by race in a Dublin processing centre?
An activist Twitter account claims an “apartheid system” gives Ukrainians preferential treatment over asylum seekers from other countries.
Arrivals to a Dublin centre were given different coloured wristbands depending on their race according to an activist group.
Wristbands determined access to beds with Ukrainian arrivals given beds while other asylum seekers slept on the floor, the group alleged.
The group, Abolish Direct Provision Campaign, called on Minister Roderic O'Gorman to resign.
# Integration
'The saddest journey of my life': Asylum seekers on navigating Ireland's immigration process
Asylum seekers who spoke to researchers praised supports such as counselling but said their treatment in some situations made integration difficult.
All time
# Asylum Seekers
Asylum seekers can now apply for a driving licence in Ireland
It follows a High Court ruling that asylum seekers in Ireland meet the residency requirements to apply for a licence.
# Salthill
Government body quashes claims that Direct Provision residents were served meals in plastic bag
“Food is not served to residents in plastic bags,” a spokesperson for the International Protection Accommodation Service said.
# High Court
New law and 'admin solutions' needed before asylum seekers can get driving licences, dept says
Some legal experts have said that new legislation is not required, rather a different interpretation of the current law.
# Housing
Department 'feared' plan to end Direct Provision would be undermined without access to State lands
There are concerns new accommodation for asylum seekers could be delayed as a result.
The Government has committed to ending Direct Provision by 2024.
However, there are fears this could be difficult without access to State lands, Cónal Thomas reports.
Sinn Féin had called for the Land Development Agency to build some asylum accommodation.
# direct provision
'Dismay' as asylum seekers now waiting over two years for claims to be processed
Protection applicants are waiting almost 27 months for a decision on their application.
Opinion: Spare a thought for the victims of torture among us battling their trauma daily
On United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, John O’Donoghue of Spirasi discusses the impact torture can have on victims.