How did the Irish asylum and refugee system reach its breaking point? – The Irish Times

A week ago, the government admitted that the state’s accommodation system had reached a “breaking point”.

A number of asylum seekers are now being temporarily housed in Defense Force tents on the grounds of accommodation centres, while there are reports of people in Dublin’s Citywest center being forced to sleep on chairs.

And while a large number of offers of refugee accommodation are still coming in from Irish businesses and individuals, the majority are only interested in helping Ukrainians.

Most of these offers are not extended to the 8,000 people from other countries who have arrived in Ireland in the past nine months seeking asylum.

Fiona Hurley, chief executive of Nasc, the center for migrant and refugee rights, told the podcast that there are “very few signs of long-term planning that will allow this tent accommodation to go away from here. october”.

She also said years of negative profiling of international protection seekers by government officials played a part in people’s reluctance to open their homes to asylum seekers. “In contrast, the state came out and asked people if they could provide housing for Ukrainians. They tapped into this huge wave of Irish support to do something. And the conflict in Ukraine is much more visible to people than other conflicts.

There are now approximately 15,000 people in the International Protection Accommodation Services system, in addition to the 35,000 state-hosted Ukrainian refugees.

And meanwhile, gardaí say the housing crisis is fueling anger, and in some cases violence, in communities when temporary accommodation centers open at short notice.

And with no solution to the housing crisis on the horizon, there is little hope that the government will achieve its goal of ending direct supply by 2024.

Today in In the News we discuss how Ireland’s asylum and refugee system has reached breaking point.

In The News is presented by Sorcha Pollak and Conor Pope and produced by Declan Conlan, Suzanne Brennan and Aideen Finnegan.

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