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#Asylum Seekers

# asylum-seekers - Friday 17 December, 2021

Asylum seekers can now apply for a driving licence in Ireland
# Asylum Seekers
# Asylum Seekers

Asylum seekers can now apply for a driving licence in Ireland

Dec 17th 2021, 9:15 PM 16,470 Views 21 Comments

It follows a High Court ruling that asylum seekers in Ireland meet the residency requirements to apply for a licence.

# asylum-seekers - Tuesday 23 November, 2021

Government body quashes claims that Direct Provision residents were served meals in plastic bag
# Salthill
# Salthill

Government body quashes claims that Direct Provision residents were served meals in plastic bag

Nov 23rd 2021, 1:39 PM 46,360 Views 0 Comments

“Food is not served to residents in plastic bags,” a spokesperson for the International Protection Accommodation Service said.

# asylum-seekers - Tuesday 9 November, 2021

New law and 'admin solutions' needed before asylum seekers can get driving licences, dept says
# High Court
# High Court

New law and 'admin solutions' needed before asylum seekers can get driving licences, dept says

Nov 9th 2021, 10:30 PM 16,693 Views 14 Comments

Some legal experts have said that new legislation is not required, rather a different interpretation of the current law.

# asylum-seekers - Monday 16 August, 2021

Department 'feared' plan to end Direct Provision would be undermined without access to State lands
# Housing
# Housing

Department 'feared' plan to end Direct Provision would be undermined without access to State lands

Aug 16th 2021, 12:05 AM 33,384 Views 30 Comments
  • 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.

# asylum-seekers - Sunday 8 August, 2021

'Dismay' as asylum seekers now waiting over two years for claims to be processed
# Direct Provision
# Direct Provision

'Dismay' as asylum seekers now waiting over two years for claims to be processed

Aug 8th 2021, 7:30 AM 20,308 Views 56 Comments

Protection applicants are waiting almost 27 months for a decision on their application.

# asylum-seekers - Saturday 26 June, 2021

Opinion: Spare a thought for the victims of torture among us battling their trauma daily
# Asylum Seekers
# Asylum Seekers

Opinion: Spare a thought for the victims of torture among us battling their trauma daily

Jun 26th 2021, 8:00 AM 9,461 Views 7 Comments

On United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, John O’Donoghue of Spirasi discusses the impact torture can have on victims.

# asylum-seekers - Thursday 24 June, 2021

New policy to make direct provision 'less isolating' for LGBT+ residents
# Direct Provison
# Direct Provison

New policy to make direct provision 'less isolating' for LGBT+ residents

Jun 24th 2021, 5:52 PM 10,959 Views 68 Comments

It comes after pressure to make the system more welcoming for LGBT+ people.

# asylum-seekers - Friday 7 May, 2021

Over 1,000 people with status to remain are stuck in Direct Provision as they can't find other housing
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Over 1,000 people with status to remain are stuck in Direct Provision as they can't find other housing

May 7th 2021, 6:00 AM 14,041 Views 0 Comments

Eoin Ó Broin says these people should be included in the government’s homelessness figures.

# asylum-seekers - Wednesday 24 March, 2021

Priti Patel defends overhaul of UK asylum seeker rules amid allegations plan is 'inhumane'
# Asylum Seekers
# Asylum Seekers

Priti Patel defends overhaul of UK asylum seeker rules amid allegations plan is 'inhumane'

Mar 24th 2021, 9:51 AM 29,074 Views 68 Comments

The British Home Secretary’s new plan for immigration will be set out later today.

# asylum-seekers - Friday 26 February, 2021

O'Gorman will 'consider' State apology on Direct Provision but 'the best thing we can do is create new system'
# Asylum Seekers
# Asylum Seekers

O'Gorman will 'consider' State apology on Direct Provision but 'the best thing we can do is create new system'

Feb 26th 2021, 11:35 AM 11,287 Views 5 Comments

Plans to end Direct Provision by 2024 were unveiled today.

State plans to end Direct Provision by 2024 and replace system with not-for-profit accommodation
# Asylum
# Asylum

State plans to end Direct Provision by 2024 and replace system with not-for-profit accommodation

Updated Feb 26th 2021, 7:50 AM 52,683 Views 117 Comments

The Government’s White Paper published today will lay out measures to overhaul the controversial privatised system.

# asylum-seekers - Thursday 28 January, 2021

Waiting time for asylum seekers to seek permission to work reduced by three months
# Protection
# Protection

Waiting time for asylum seekers to seek permission to work reduced by three months

Jan 28th 2021, 2:16 PM 11,236 Views 20 Comments

Asylum seekers will need to wait six months instead of nine before they can apply for permission to work in Ireland.

# asylum-seekers - Wednesday 27 January, 2021

Contracts with private firms running Direct Provision should not be renewed - Refugee Council
# Irish Refugee Council
# Irish Refugee Council

Contracts with private firms running Direct Provision should not be renewed - Refugee Council

Jan 27th 2021, 6:30 AM 24,949 Views 29 Comments

There are currently more than 7,000 people living in Direct Provision.

# asylum-seekers - Sunday 10 January, 2021

Germany sees sharp drop in asylum requests in 2020
# Asylum Seekers
# Asylum Seekers

Germany sees sharp drop in asylum requests in 2020

Jan 10th 2021, 6:59 PM 22,150 Views 13 Comments

Germany’s interior ministry recorded 31.5 percent fewer first-time applications than in 2019.

# asylum-seekers - Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Catherine Day: 'Continued political oversight' needed to end Direct Provision
# Direct Provision
# Direct Provision

Catherine Day: 'Continued political oversight' needed to end Direct Provision

Oct 21st 2020, 4:23 PM 13,641 Views 24 Comments

Dr Day said today the current Direct Provision system is “reactive” and said that people living in the system “bear the consequences” of its failures.

Direct Provision should end by 2023 with amnesty offered in 2021 for some - Day report
# DAY REPORT
# DAY REPORT

Direct Provision should end by 2023 with amnesty offered in 2021 for some - Day report

Oct 21st 2020, 12:05 AM 26,758 Views 30 Comments

A report drawn up by former Secretary General of the European Commission Dr Catherine Day has made a number of sweeping recommendations.

# asylum-seekers - Friday 18 September, 2020

Over 250 people helped to exit Direct Provision during Covid-19 pandemic
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

Over 250 people helped to exit Direct Provision during Covid-19 pandemic

Sep 18th 2020, 6:00 AM 12,226 Views 0 Comments

Homeless charity Depaul has helped 256 people move out of DP centres in recent months.

# asylum-seekers - Wednesday 9 September, 2020

Union says 20 Direct Provision residents working at meat plant told contracts won't be renewed due to high risk
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Union says 20 Direct Provision residents working at meat plant told contracts won't be renewed due to high risk

Sep 9th 2020, 6:05 AM 42,443 Views 31 Comments

Mass testing at meat plants has indicated levels of infection among workers is now very low.

# asylum-seekers - Wednesday 29 July, 2020

'We need treatment': McEntee commits to vulnerability assessments for asylum seekers amid fresh calls to close Caherciveen
# Asylum Seekers
# Asylum Seekers

'We need treatment': McEntee commits to vulnerability assessments for asylum seekers amid fresh calls to close Caherciveen

Jul 29th 2020, 6:45 AM 14,296 Views 39 Comments

Ireland is legally required to conduct these assessments, which aim to identify special reception needs for asylum seekers and refugees.

# asylum-seekers - Friday 19 June, 2020

Department asks Direct Provision centre owners to prove living conditions allegations are 'clearly false'
# Department Of Justice
# Department Of Justice

Department asks Direct Provision centre owners to prove living conditions allegations are 'clearly false'

Jun 19th 2020, 12:05 AM 38,608 Views 85 Comments

“IPAS is more concerned about protecting their reputation and the reputations of private contractors,” said Nasc CEO Fiona Finn.

# asylum-seekers - Thursday 18 June, 2020

DCU announces multiple new scholarships for asylum seekers and refugees
# Education For All
# Education For All

DCU announces multiple new scholarships for asylum seekers and refugees

Jun 18th 2020, 6:32 PM 18,439 Views 101 Comments

A recent study by DCU proved that access programmes help improve participation by refugees in higher education.

# asylum-seekers - Friday 5 June, 2020

Over 32,000 people sign petition calling for government to end Direct Provision
# Petition
# Petition

Over 32,000 people sign petition calling for government to end Direct Provision

Jun 5th 2020, 12:31 PM 31,334 Views 97 Comments

The system was set up as a temporary measure in 1999.

# asylum-seekers - Sunday 10 May, 2020

'We've been firefighting': Inside the State's response to Covid-19 in Direct Provision
# Justice Department
# Justice Department

'We've been firefighting': Inside the State's response to Covid-19 in Direct Provision

May 10th 2020, 12:05 AM 49,209 Views 50 Comments

There are now 149 cases of Covid-19 in Direct Provision.

# asylum-seekers - Thursday 7 May, 2020

Simon Harris thanks 160 healthcare workers who live in Direct Provision
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Simon Harris thanks 160 healthcare workers who live in Direct Provision

May 7th 2020, 6:56 PM 23,094 Views 62 Comments

There have been 164 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among residents in Direct Provision centres to date.

# asylum-seekers - Monday 9 March, 2020

Explainer: What’s going on between Turkey and Greece and the EU?
# Border Problems
# Border Problems

Explainer: What’s going on between Turkey and Greece and the EU?

Mar 9th 2020, 3:59 PM 16,403 Views 12 Comments

Talks on the migrant crisis are being held today – here’s the background to the situation.

# asylum-seekers - Monday 2 March, 2020

Department to hold meeting with locals in Rosslare ahead of new Direct Provision centre opening
# Wexford
# Wexford

Department to hold meeting with locals in Rosslare ahead of new Direct Provision centre opening

Mar 2nd 2020, 9:52 PM 25,576 Views 5 Comments

The centre will be located at the former Rosslare Port Lodge Hotel.

# asylum-seekers - Wednesday 19 February, 2020

'We don't want to create an 'us and them' scenario': Tullamore councillors to discuss planned Direct Provision centre
# Asylum Seekers
# Asylum Seekers

'We don't want to create an 'us and them' scenario': Tullamore councillors to discuss planned Direct Provision centre

Feb 19th 2020, 3:01 PM 14,142 Views 37 Comments

“It’s a fait accompli, I would prefer if there had been more consultation,” one councillor said.

# asylum-seekers - Tuesday 18 February, 2020

Direct provision centre to accommodate up to 168 asylum seekers in Offaly from early March
# Tullamore
# Tullamore

Direct provision centre to accommodate up to 168 asylum seekers in Offaly from early March

Feb 18th 2020, 10:19 PM 29,264 Views 60 Comments

The premises was offered to the Department via the recent public procurement competition for the Midlands region.

# asylum-seekers - Thursday 30 January, 2020

'I might never see my parents again': Asylum seekers share their experiences of isolation and PTSD
# Syria
# Syria

'I might never see my parents again': Asylum seekers share their experiences of isolation and PTSD

Jan 30th 2020, 6:00 AM 16,340 Views 40 Comments

Many female asylum seekers and refugees in Ireland are living with depression, anxiety and PTSD, a new report has found.

# asylum-seekers - Friday 17 January, 2020

Government aiming for 'successful conclusion' to asylum seeker driver licence question after WRC ruling
# WRC
# WRC

Government aiming for 'successful conclusion' to asylum seeker driver licence question after WRC ruling

Jan 17th 2020, 6:10 AM 22,893 Views 26 Comments

The Workplace Relations Commission found that a man suffered “indirect discrimination” after being denied a licence.

# asylum-seekers - Tuesday 14 January, 2020

'They operate in a vacuum': Migrant rights group hits out at lack of inspections for hotels housing asylum seekers
# Direct Provision
# Direct Provision

'They operate in a vacuum': Migrant rights group hits out at lack of inspections for hotels housing asylum seekers

Jan 14th 2020, 12:05 AM 17,075 Views 47 Comments

There are currently over 1,500 asylum seekers living in Emergency Accommodation.

# asylum-seekers - Monday 6 January, 2020

Video of crowded Direct Provision room not staged, says asylum seeker group
# Masi
# Masi

Video of crowded Direct Provision room not staged, says asylum seeker group

Updated Jan 6th 2020, 8:35 PM 46,296 Views 242 Comments

Video footage posted on Twitter appears to show ten beds in one hotel room in Portarlington.

# asylum-seekers - Sunday 5 January, 2020

Student living in Direct Provision says jail would be 'better than being here'
# Waterford
# Waterford

Student living in Direct Provision says jail would be 'better than being here'

Jan 5th 2020, 4:01 PM 69,914 Views 152 Comments

Mature student Lesley Mkoko says his bedroom in Waterford city is infested with bedbugs.

# asylum-seekers - Thursday 26 December, 2019

'Nothing special being asked of Oughterard' in accommodating asylum seekers, said top Justice official
# Asylum Seekers
# Asylum Seekers

'Nothing special being asked of Oughterard' in accommodating asylum seekers, said top Justice official

Dec 26th 2019, 7:00 AM 15,288 Views 42 Comments

Plans for a Direct Provision centre were abandoned after weeks of protests by locals.

# asylum-seekers - Tuesday 24 December, 2019

'I expect more from you': Letters of complaint sent to the Taoiseach called on him to drop Verona Murphy
# By-election Controversy
# By-election Controversy

'I expect more from you': Letters of complaint sent to the Taoiseach called on him to drop Verona Murphy

Dec 24th 2019, 6:00 AM 15,010 Views 42 Comments

Leo Varadkar admits that the Verona Murphy controversy has caused reputational damage to Fine Gael.

# asylum-seekers - Monday 23 December, 2019

Protesters barred from interfering in accommodation being fitted out for asylum seekers in Leitrim
# High Court
# High Court

Protesters barred from interfering in accommodation being fitted out for asylum seekers in Leitrim

Dec 23rd 2019, 1:12 PM 24,029 Views 53 Comments

Mr Justice Max Barrett granted the permanent injunction today.

# asylum-seekers - Thursday 12 December, 2019

'Treated like cattle': Justice Committee chair says 'profiteering' use of hotels for asylum seekers should end
# Direct Provision
# Direct Provision

'Treated like cattle': Justice Committee chair says 'profiteering' use of hotels for asylum seekers should end

Dec 12th 2019, 1:58 PM 11,062 Views 24 Comments

The Justice Committee today launched its report into Direct Provision.

Direct Provision should be 'replaced' or 'fundamentally reformed', Justice Committee concludes
# Asylum Seekers
# Asylum Seekers

Direct Provision should be 'replaced' or 'fundamentally reformed', Justice Committee concludes

Dec 12th 2019, 12:17 PM 7,953 Views 27 Comments

The committee heard from stakeholders in relation to Direct Provision over the summer.

# asylum-seekers - Thursday 28 November, 2019

Asylum seekers to move into Leitrim apartments after 'constructive' meeting between Minister and locals
# Ballinamore
# Ballinamore

Asylum seekers to move into Leitrim apartments after 'constructive' meeting between Minister and locals

Nov 28th 2019, 10:00 PM 23,977 Views 42 Comments

Ballinamore Community Group had held protests over the plans in recent months.

# asylum-seekers - Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Opinion: 'We will soon see asylum seekers living in sports halls and tents if we don't do something'
# Asylum Seekers
# Asylum Seekers

Opinion: 'We will soon see asylum seekers living in sports halls and tents if we don't do something'

Nov 20th 2019, 7:00 AM 18,765 Views 117 Comments

Head of the UN Refugee Agency Enda O’Neill says a “road map” is needed to complete reform in Ireland’s asylum system.

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