More Asylum Seekers in 'Direct Provision' than Prisoners in Jail

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Title: More Asylum Seekers in 'Direct Provision' than Prisoners in Jail
Authors: Thornton, Liam
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Date: 3-Apr-2014
Online since: 2014-06-03T15:26:10Z
Abstract: On April 10th, the system of direct provision for asylum seekers will be 14 years old. In 2000 a system was put in place offering asylum seekers bed and board accommodation, and a small allowance of €19.10 a week per adult, with an additional €9.60 a week per child. The system of direct provision also provides health care through the medical card scheme, education up to the age of 18 for children of asylum seekers or children seeking asylum themselves. Asylum seekers are not entitled to any other form of welfare payment.   By the end of April 2000, there were 394 people in direct provision centres. At the start of 2014, there were 4,360 people in direct provision. This compares to a prison population of 4,053 in Ireland in February 2014. There are more than 1,600 people who have spent five or more years in direct provision. Over 3,000 people have been in direct provision centres for two or more years.
Type of material: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine
Publisher: The Irish Times
Journal: The Irish Times
Issue: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Copyright (published version): 2014 The Irish Times
Keywords: IrelandMinister for JusticeAlan ShatterDirect provisionAsylum seekers
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Law Research Collection

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