The new report by the Irish Refugee Council, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin has found serious deficiencies with the Direct Provision system.
The report highlights the serious problem that people face when leaving Direct Provision.
I welcome the publication of this report.
It offers a valuable contribution to the debate on the future of Direct Provision.
It’s clear that Direct Provision is failing many asylum seekers, and now this report highlights how it is also failing people once they attempt to leave the system.
We need to see comprehensive reform of Direct Provision and this report will help achieve this.
People living in Direct Provision face serious challenges when leaving the system. Finding suitable accommodation can take a number of weeks.
This presents a serious problem as people granted status face delays in receiving social welfare supports.
Families are essentially being left to fend for themselves with little to no support from the State.
The State needs to do more to ensure those granted status are given the necessary support to move on with their lives.
This is a key requirement for bringing about successful integration into Irish society for those granted status.
I’m calling on the Minister for Justice and Equality Francis Fitzgerald to give careful consideration to the recommendations of this report.
The Government also needs to commence the International Probation Act as soon as possible.
This Act will provide for the introduction of a streamlined single application procedure for asylum seekers.
Fiona O'Loughlin TD
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Equality, Immigration and