Direct Provision scholarships: Hope found in sanctuary of education

Universities have started to open their gates with sanctuary scholarships, reports Stephen Barry

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Equality commission 'concerned' about effect of housing crisis on asylum seekers in Direct Provision

Hundreds of asylum seekers who have been allowed to stay in Ireland cannot leave Direct Provision due to the housing crisis, according to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC).

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Public calling for radical change to direct provision system

Up to 140 people and organisations are calling for radical changes to Ireland's direct-provision system.

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LGBT asylum seekers face double isolation

Direct provision does not work, and it has to be abolished. And for LGBT asylum seekers within the system, the experience can be even worse, writes Evgeny Shtorn.

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Calls for urgent review into how deaths in Direct Provision are handled

An urgent review has been demanded into how deaths in Direct Provision are handled after a transgender woman was buried without anyone she knew present.

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Calls for review into 'shocking and disgusting' treatment of woman buried without ceremony

The Irish Refugee Council has called for a review of how deaths in Direct Provision are handled after a transgender woman was buried without a ceremony or anyone close to her present.

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Anger after transgender woman who died in Direct Provision buried with no loved ones present

The friends of a transgender woman who died in Direct Provision have been left devastated after she was buried without a ceremony or anyone close to her present.

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Watchdog received 152 complaints from people in Direct Provision last year

The Office of the Ombudsman received more than 150 complaints from people living in direct-provision centres last year.

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Victims of sex trafficking ‘forced out of Direct Provision’

It was also revealed that the recommended single female gender hostel for victims was set up without any specialised services.

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'A cry for help': Residents protest at Mosney direct provision centre

Around 30 residents in a direct provision centre in Mosney held a protest today over their treatment at the facility.

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Asylum seekers going batty for cricket

Cricket players living in direct provision in Cork who are practising between buildings at their accommodation centre are in a frantic search to find a place to train so they don’t have to give up the sport.

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Almost 150 asylum seekers living in direct provision centres for at least seven years

Almost 150 asylum seekers have been living in direct provision centres for seven years or more.

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Trinity seeks to admit fees-free direct provision students

Trinity College Dublin is looking for a way to admit, free of any fees, students living in direct provision.

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Cork-based asylum seeker band to go on tour of direct provision centres

Asylum seekers from as diverse countries as the Ukraine and Burundi plan to go on a tour of direct provision centres all around the country next year in a bid to spread their message of hope.

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More than 600 children under age of four living in direct provision

More than 600 children under the age of four are living in the country's asylum seeker system amid ongoing fears over the treatment of people in such centres.

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Direct provision residents protest over minister’s visit

Asylum seekers at the Clonakilty Lodge direct provision centre have held a protest because they claim they were not told of a visit to the centre on Monday by the minister of state for equality, immigration, and integration, David Stanton.

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Asylum seekers protest at Clonakilty Lodge claiming they were not told of minister's visit

A protest is being held by asylum seekers at the Clonakilty Lodge facility this morning after residents claimed they were not told of a visit to the centre yesterday by the Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration.

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Candidates seek clarity over provision centre canvassing

Local election candidates have been left in limbo over whether they are allowed into direct provision centres to canvass.

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Direct Provision for asylum seekers ‘not suitable long-term solution’

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has published a report of his office’s experience of dealing with complaints.

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Asylum seekers: Work is ‘liberating’

Many asylum seekers living in direct provision centres have described the right to work as “liberating”.

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Update: Clashes at anti-racism rally in Rooskey

One resident said she was upset at the anti-racism protest taking place in the town.

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Asylum seekers lodge 47 complaints; Direct Provision system exceeds bed capacity

Asylum seekers lodged just 47 complaints with the Reception and Integration Agency about the Direct Provision system last year.

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Irish Refugee Council: Number of people in Direct Provision has exceeded capacity

The CEO of the Irish Refugee Council claims that the number of people in direct provision in Ireland has exceeded capacity because many people entitled to leave cannot do so because they have nowhere else to go.

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82 child welfare incidents referred to asylum agency's family services unit last year

The latest annual report from the Reception and Integration Agency shows that 82 child protection and welfare incidents were reported to its Child and Family Services Unit in 2017 as the numbers accommodated by RIA since the introduction of State-Provided Accommodation in 1999 exceeded 59,830 persons.

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80 attend anti-racism event in Rooskey after fire at hotel earmarked for asylum seekers

Gardaí are still investigating the attack at the Shannon Key West Hotel on Thursday night.

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Living in Direct Provision: ‘It’s is a stain on Irish society. I’ll never forget those still incarcerated’

Joyce Fegan talks to some of those in Direct Provision, who want an end to a ‘devilish’ and ‘evil’ system that leaves them fully dependant on the State.

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Living in Direct Provision: ‘You begin to see yourself as someone who is not accepted by society’

The first thing I’m asked by an African man when I attend a fundraiser for asylum-seekers in Ireland is: “Are you alone? Do you have someone with you? A friend? Will I introduce you to people?”

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A taste of home, wherever that may be

Michelle Darmody, founder of Our Table, meets the people in direct provision at Christmas

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Many thousands of people in this state have no say in what they eat. Time to put that right

Imagine if you had to eat what you were given, day after day, week after week, for a year or more, writes Victoria White

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Tusla sees 80% rise in referrals of unaccompanied minors coming into country

There has been an 80% increase in the number of unaccompanied minors arriving in Ireland being referred to Tusla over the last three years.

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Fundraiser aims to bring Christmas to Direct Provision centres

A Cork-based fundraiser is aiming to help mothers in Direct Provision centres across the county to bring Christmas to their children.

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Cork women fundraising to bring Christmas joy to families in direct provision

One of the best things about being a parent is giving your children something that makes them smile.

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More than 40% of asylum seekers live in Direct Provision centres for over two years

Five out of 83 Direct Provision centres around the country are over capacity, while a large majority are close to being over-subscribed.

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TD describes Direct Provision as 'legalised people trafficking'

Direct Provision has been described as "legalised people trafficking" by Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy.

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Company defends link to Direct Provision in leaflets to UL students

Aramark Corporation, which supplies catering services to three Direct Provision centres, had staff distribute flyers at the University of Limerick.

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Apology for 'isolated incident' which saw mother and sick child refused bread and milk at asylum centre

The Department of Justice has this evening acknowledged a "regrettable and isolated incident" in which staff at direct provision centre close to the Limerick Clare border refused to give a mother and ill child bread and milk because the centre’s canteen was closed for the night.

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Direct provision group makes Irish connection through building currachs

Four men living in direct provision watched proudly as the currach they built was launched on the River Lee yesterday.

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Firm shutting down Dublin's largest direct provision centre received €27.5m in 11 years

The private firm that is shutting down the largest direct provision centre in the capital received payments totalling €27.5m from the State over an 11 year period for operating the centre, new figures show.

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Council calls on Government to bring in Child Benefit for children in Direct Provision

Irish Refugee Council has called on the Government to extend Child Benefit to children in Direct Provision in tomorrow's Budget.

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'She has bad days sometimes' - Mother of three outlines effects of Direct Provision on her children

When Donnah Vuma returns to her home in Direct Provision after a hard day’s study at the University of Limerick, she is not allowed to cook dinner for her children, aged 14, 10, and eight.

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More than 500 asylum seekers granted work permits after ban lifted

Up 10% of asylum seekers have been granted work permits under a new Government system.

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Transgender woman dies in men's wing of Direct Provision centre in Galway

A transgender woman living in a Direct Provision centre in Galway has died.

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TD criticises Government's handling of Direct Provision centres

A Fianna Fáil TD has criticised the Government for its handling of Direct Provision.

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Event to take place in Dublin for Syrian refugees living in Direct Provision

A family-friendly event for Syrian refugees who live in Direct Provision accommodation is taking place in Dublin today.

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'Living in direct provision is teaching us to be dependent, and weak'

Direct provision cocoons asylum seekers in a half-life of dependency. Unable to work and in fear of deportation, they stagnate in centres like the former Butlins in Mosney, says Donal O’Keeffe.

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Withholding benefit payments to Irish born child in direct provision is unconstitutional, court finds

The Court of Appeal has found provisions of the Social Welfare Act which prevented child benefit payments to an Irish citizen child living in direct provision until her mother got residency here are unconstitutional.

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Syrian family wait 17 months in rural Direct Provision centre

A Syrian family has had a 17 month wait in a rural Direct Provision centre.

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Dublin apartment block housing over 50 asylum seekers set to close

A Dublin apartment block housing more than 50 asylum seekers is to close within weeks.

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Mosney plc biggest earner as private direct provision firms share €50m bonanza in 2017

Private firms operating a countrywide network of direct provision centres for asylum seekers and refugees last year shared a €50m (including VAT) bonanza.

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DCU becomes University of Sanctuary for people in Direct Provision

Refugees in Direct Provision will be the focus of attention in DCU this week when the facility becomes the first designated University of Sanctuary in Ireland.

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Direct Provision biggest shame on Irish state since Magdalene Laundries, says USI

Direct Provision will be one of the biggest shames on the Irish state since the Magdalene Laundries

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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.

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Refugee applications taking longer despite review recommendations

The time it takes to process refugee applications doubled from 15 to 30 weeks during last year, despite a series of recommendations to speed up the system.

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Government 'has obligation' to grant asylum to long-term Direct Provision residents

The Government has an obligation to grant asylum to residents of Direct Provision who have been psychologically harmed by lengthy stays, migrants rights group Doras Luimní said today.

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