Month: June 2020

Statement on the Programme for Government

The Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland welcomes the inclusion of ending the abhorrent system of Direct Provision in the negotiated programme for government. For the first time since the system of Direct Provision was introduced 20 years ago, there is acceptance that it cannot go on any longer. MASI commends the Green Party for their insistence that ending Direct Provision must be included in the programme for government. The recognition that capital investment will be required in order to move to a more humane asylum reception process and an end to the profiteering racket that is Direct Provision is welcomed as a point of departure.

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Comments on the government’s response to Covid-19 in Direct Provision

Submitted to the Special Committee on Covid-19
Prepared by Bulelani Mfaco, May 2020
With thanks to MASI members, asylum seekers in Cahersiveen and Sasha Brown for their contributions

Pre Covid-19 Conditions in Direct Provision

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, life in Direct Provision was difficult. One of the fundamental flaws in abhorrent system of Direct Provision is the congregated nature of for-profit centres with often crammed conditions where asylum seekers are forced to exist in for years on end while waiting for a decision on their asylum claims.

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