Race & Ethnicity

#DirectProvision14: Photography Exhibition ‘One year on, and still no change’

#DirectProvision14:  Photography Exhibition ‘One year on, and still no change’

Caroline Reid is the Communications Officer for Irish Refugee Council ‘One year on, and still no change’, Thursday 24 April, 6pm at the Powerscourt Gallery in Dublin city centre. This marks one year since the national day of action last year which called for an end to the institutional accommodation of people seeking international protection in Ireland. The exhibition(…)

#directprovision14 Conclusion: The Start of Year 15

#directprovision14 Conclusion: The Start of Year 15

How slowly they die as we kneel beside them, whisper in their ear. And we are too late. We are always too late Eavan Boland, Outside History (1990) I would like to thank all contributors for their posts today, in particular persons in the direct provision system, who have shared their own personal experiences and(…)

#directprovision14: Why we can’t justify Direct Provision

#directprovision14: Why we can’t justify Direct Provision

Sue Conlan is CEO of the Irish Refugee Council Claims that the system of Direct Provision is necessary to dissuade others from ‘choosing’ Ireland as a country in which to seek asylum are based on assumptions that people have access to information about the reality of life in Ireland and, using that knowledge, are able(…)

#directprovision14: A Poem

#directprovision14: A Poem

From an asylum seeker I will like to say is all over, but we just began, Loved to end it all but the dreams just began, Emotions are deep, but saturated with the love of continuity, How do I phrase the sentence? How can I illustrate the understanding I have? If only knowledge can be(…)

#directprovision14: Building a Healthy Ireland should mean Health and Wellbeing for All

#directprovision14: Building a Healthy Ireland should mean Health and Wellbeing for All

Niamh Kelly, Msc in Equality Studies Tackling the Country’s asylum system and ending the policy of direct provision would vastly improve the health and wellbeing of thousands of people living in Ireland, and compliment the Government’s Healthy Ireland policy. In 2000 the official state policy on asylum in Ireland became dispersal and direct provision, a(…)

#directprovision14: A Life Without Choice

#directprovision14: A Life Without Choice

Donnacha O’ Ceallaigh is a student of Equality Studies at UCD and has direct experience working with Unaccompanied Minors and people living in Direct Provision It is both with pleasure and sadness that I contribute to this blog. Pleasure because it seems that the veil is finally being lifted, people are more aware and consequently(…)

#directprovision14: Social Injustices Experienced by Asylum Seekers in Ireland

#directprovision14: Social Injustices Experienced by Asylum Seekers in Ireland

Fran Egan is currently doing a Masters in Equality Studies in UCD and conducted research on direct provision for her final year undergraduate Social Science degree. Not only have asylum seekers endured pre-fleeing trauma in their country of origin and may have experienced great stresses in travelling to their destination country; they are then subjected(…)

#directprovision14: Seven Years and Counting

#directprovision14: Seven Years and Counting

A father and a husband seeking asylum in Ireland I am from Pakistan. I first came to Ireland in March 2007 with my wife as asylum seekers and we have spent the last 7 years in direct provision accommodation centres. My wife was pregnant at the time when we arrived here. I am very grateful(…)

#directprovision14: Social Work, HIV & Direct Provision

#directprovision14: Social Work, HIV & Direct Provision

Maeve Foreman is a Lecturer in Social Work, Trinity College Dublin and a CORU registered social worker Five years ago I wrote an article ‘HIV and Direct Provision – Learning from the Experiences of Asylum Seekers in Ireland’ (Foreman, 2008).  As a social worker in a HIV clinic I was struck by challenges facing asylum(…)

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