Race & Ethnicity

#DirectProvision15: 15 years of the system of Direct Provision in Ireland

#DirectProvision15: 15 years of the system of Direct Provision in Ireland

Human Rights in Ireland have been running a week long online event since Monday to mark the 15th year of Direct Provision in Ireland. Throughout the week, there have been new and retrospective contributions from a cross section of civil society, NGOs, supporters and legal professionals highlighting the issue of Direct Provision: 15 years of reports,(…)

#DirectProvision15: Direct Provision A Protest Poem

#DirectProvision15: Direct Provision A Protest Poem

Here’s a poem I wrote for Comhlamh fifteen years ago, on the introduction of Direct Provision. They launched a booklet and asked me to say a few words. I read the booklet, was horrified, and wrote this poem.  It’s with a sense of shame that I submit it, fifteen years later, with Direct Provision, supposedly(…)

#DirectProvision15: Mathematical Dilemma about Direct Provision

#DirectProvision15: Mathematical Dilemma about Direct Provision

This post comes from Stephen Ng’ang’a 15 years ago a system was signed off by some civil servants. This system now called direct provision was meant to accommodate those seeking asylum for a period of 6 months. Today the system prides itself for having been in place for 15 years. It has continued to exist with(…)

#DirectProvision15: Asylum Seekers and the Right to Work

#DirectProvision15: Asylum Seekers and the Right to Work

This video is from a group of Occupational Therapy students. Kerrie McGroarty writes: “As part of our college work myself and a group of other students created a video looking at the impact not being allowed to work has on asylum seekers.”

#DirectProvision15: FIGHTBACK!

#DirectProvision15: FIGHTBACK!

These series of imagines, from Rory O’Neill, show the role of asylum seekers and their supporters in fighting back and calling for an end of direct provision. You can view all photos from this protest, on 20 November 2014, Universal Children’s Day, here.      

#DirectProvision15: Preforming Precarity and Asylum Seekers Struggle Against Direct Provision

Jordana Starkman is currently a student at Concordia University in Montreal. Jordana recently wrote and presented a paper for a conference run through the school of Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia on direct provision and the bravery and strength of the protests against it. For ease of reading, you can also access the full paper here: Performing Precarity .(…)

#DirectProvision15: €19.10 and Other Stories

#DirectProvision15: €19.10 and Other Stories

Rory O’Neill is an artist. These images are taken from Rory’s work €19.10 & OTHER STORIES. Today is the 15th anniversary of the system of direct provision.  #1               #2               #3               #4      (…)

#DirectProvision15: Direct Provision: A Social Worker’s Perspective

#DirectProvision15: Direct Provision: A Social Worker’s Perspective

Dr Colletta Dalikeni is a Social Worker/ Lecturer in Social Care and a Researcher on asylum issues at Dundalk Institute of Technology. Asylum-seeking families and their social workers are caught between two systems, the child protection system and the immigration system. In order for Child Protection Social workers to work effectively with asylum seeking families the system(…)

#DirectProvision15: Direct Provision, Ireland’s Apartheid

#DirectProvision15: Direct Provision, Ireland’s Apartheid

This post comes from Ian Callagy and was originally published here in 2014. Direct Provision (DP) was introduced in Ireland, in 2000, to help regulate the numbers seeking asylum here. It is, in effect, a system of apartheid as it sections off people from the rest of society. Asylum seekers are capable of working yet(…)

#DirectProvision15: Parenting and Difficulties Facing Our Children

#DirectProvision15: Parenting and Difficulties Facing Our Children

An asylum seeker speaks (originally published here): Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity to speak to you this morning.   As Asylum seekers, our parenting role has been completely stripped apart. What sort of parent never has an answer for their child? When faced with questions such as, when are we going(…)

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