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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION

Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# 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.
# accommodation crisis
Ministers sign off on new €10m International Protection Fund to support community needs
The minister emphasised the need for urgent access to large-scale temporary facilities.
Last month
January 2023
# 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.
# IHREC
Fears closure of Citywest to new International Protection arrivals 'clear breach' of human rights obligations
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has called on Integration Minister Roderic O’Gorman to reverse the decision.
The Citywest closed to new arrivals earlier this week, though it will remain open for all other matters.
Over 20 International Protection applicants have been left without accommodation since the closure.
The IHREC has called on Integration Minister Roderic O'Gorman to reverse the decision.
New asylum accommodation might not be ready for five weeks, as charities prepare for influx
Citywest closes to new International Protection arrivals, but facility remains open for processing
# 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.
# Border controls
Taoiseach says Govt will be examining tougher border controls to prevent illegal immigration
The Taoiseach said that there had been a significant increase in the number of International Protection applicants last year.
# 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.
# Ballymun
'No place for racism of any form': Leo Varadkar criticises anti-refugee protests in Ballymun
The protests have taken place over the last three days.
# 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”.
Last year
2022
# INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION
Ukrainian women and children moved from Kerry to Mayo at short notice
The group of Ukrainians, which include dozens of school-going children, received less than 48 hours’ notice they are to be bussed to Westport
# budget 2023
'Huge' challenge to provide for refugees this year as State estimates €850m spend
Further funding will have to be sought for accommodating refugees from Ukraine and other countries, says minister
# INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION
Explainer: Why has the govt suspended visa-free travel from 'safe' countries for refugees?
The agreement will be suspended for the next 12 months.
# 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.
# Asylum
Congolese woman's plea to remain in Ireland fails after court challenge
The woman claims that if transferred, she would be subject to inhuman and degrading treatment.
All time
# direct provision
Minister appoints independent group to track progress on ending Direct Provision
The government earlier this year published its plan for a new system with not-for-profit accommodation.
# INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION
Deaths in Direct Provision to be recorded and released by Department for first time
It comes after a number of TDs and Senators called for greater transparency.
# Irish Refugee Council
Contracts with private firms running Direct Provision should not be renewed - Refugee Council
There are currently more than 7,000 people living in Direct Provision.
# direct provision
NGOs asked by justice department to help asylum seekers in emergency accommodation 'as soon as possible'
There are now 777 people living in emergency set-ups in 25 counties around Ireland.
# INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION
Direct Provision: Nearly 100 people relocated from Monaghan hotel
There are concerns about the level of service provision for those living in RIA-sourced emergency accommodation.