Report highlights difficulties for people leaving Direct Provision system

Report highlights difficulties for people leaving Direct Provision system

A new report highlights multiple challenges faced by former asylum seekers in attempting to move out of Direct Provision.

The report, by the Irish Refugee Council, UCD and Trinity College Dublin, found that finding a place to live is one of the biggest difficulties faced by people moving out of the Direct Provision system.

Income is also listed as a challenge, as asylum seekers receive only €19.10 while in Direct Provision and for the period afterwards when they look for accommodation following the granting of their status.

The report also recommends that clear written information should be provided to help people transition to the wider community.

"What we are seeing now is the negative impact of people being left in the Direct Provision system for far too long," said one of the report authors Dr Muireann Ní Raghallaigh.

"This system impedes integration and has in some cases created a legacy of dependency and difficulty in terms of transition.

"The State has a duty to ensure that those granted status have the necessary resources and supports to integrate into local communities and to overcome the many difficulties they face because of the Direct Provision system.

"There is immense resilience within the refugee community.

"This resilience can be harnessed with the help of designated supports throughout the asylum process, at the point of transition from Direct Provision, but also beyond that, if necessary."

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