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End Direct Provision System

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Fight inequality and institutional discrimination. End Direct Provision System Now!

I support the Dáil Éireann Motion calling for an end to Direct Provision System

Full Text of the Motion (Second item in the document)


Direct Provision is an unbelievably inhumane system. People who have suffered torture and discrimination, war and forced flight and being torn away from their homes and family should be welcomed and treated with respect. Instead, they are bundled off into Direct Provision Centres, often run by private companies out to make a profit, and forcibly cut off from society.

The application system is very long, complicated and difficult for people from another country to navigate.

There are around 5,000 people in Direct Provision System. Many are in the system for many years without any certainty about there future.

Children and women suffer the most in unsuitable direct provision centers.

It denies asylum seekers the right to work.

It denies asylum seekers access to third level education.

The threat of deportation makes people in Direct Provision fearful and afraid.

People cannot live on €19.10 weekly financial provision.

The McMahon Report into the Protection System and Direct Provision was published over a year ago. Even this report with its inadequate recommendations has been dropped from the current Programme for Partnership Government, which means simply that this current government prefers not to talk about asylum seekers at all.

2014 saw asylum seekers in no less than nine centres rising up against their enforced imprisonment and being met by intimidating management methods. Inmates were forced to go on hunger strike in Athlone, Portlaoise and Mount Trenchard and to occupy centres in Cork and Waterford.

We cannot let this situation continue. Politicians too often prefer to keep silent on the issue while many of their constituents not only provide much needed support for people in direct provision but have also shown their commitment to solidarity with those fleeing war by sending clothes and equipment to refugees.

United Against Racism, with the support of other organisations, public representatives and campaign groups has launched the END DIRECT PROVISION SYSTEM CAMPAIGN.

Please sign this petition and support this campaign.

The campaign is supported by a number of elected representatives including TDs, senators, councillors and others. 


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