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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