Looks like there’s no more room at the Inn…(there was another story earlier last week about immigration officials increasingly refusing “leave to enter” and ramping up deportations.)
irishtimes.com/news/crime-a … -1.3794450
*Tensions rise in direct provision centres as asylum claims hit 10-year high
Overcrowding in centres is now so ‘acute’ that maintenance work cannot be carried out
This accommodation crisis was unfolding at a time when Brexit, Ireland’s recovering economy and new employment rights for asylum seekers in the Republic were very likely adding to an increase in the number of asylum seekers, says the briefing material obtained by The Irish Times under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Department of Justice documentation says illegal immigrants in Britain, “fearing a tightening of UK immigration laws and enforcement after Brexit”, may come to Ireland and claim asylum.
The “information note on asylum trends” says **if the level of new asylum claims remains high, Ireland will need “to examine further” the decision last year to allow asylum seekers to work. **
Since the briefing material was written last September, the number of asylum seekers coming to Ireland has remained high and the pressure on accommodation has intensified
Because of the housing crisis in the Republic, the Reception and Integration Agency, which is responsible for direct provision accommodation, has been struggling of late.
New accommodation is now much harder to find, and **about 700 people whose asylum claims were successful are still living in direction provision because alternative accommodation is not available. **Recent requests for additional accommodation enjoyed very limited success.
Efforts to bring on stream more direct provision places have been undermined of late by suspected arson attacks at centres being readied in Moville, Co Donegal, and Roosky, Co Roscommon.