Direct Provision

Nasc is a founder member of the NGO Forum on Direct Provision, a network of organisations committed to campaigning for changes to protect the health and welfare of asylum-seekers housed in residential institutions here.

Series of essays on direct provision issued by Nasc and UCC’s Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights to mark International Human Rights Day

To mark International Human Rights Day, Nasc, the Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre and University College Cork’s Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR) are releasing our “Beyond McMahon – Reflections on the Future of Asylum Reception in Ireland”. This publication – available... Read more

Public consultation on draft national standards for direct provision

The Department of Justice & Equality, along with a Standards Advisory Group comprised of NGOs, UNHCR and government representatives, have drafted National Standards for Direct Provision Centres, in line with recommendations made in the 2015 Report of the Working Group on the Protection Process and... Read more

Information on the Right to Work for Asylum Seekers

On 27th June 2018 Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and Minister of State David Stanton announced the new right to work provisions for asylum seekers under the Recast Reception Conditions Directive, which came into force on 6th July 2018. Nasc have compiled a short leaflet outlining the basic information... Read more

Conference Summary: Beyond McMahon – the Future of Asylum Reception in Ireland

We are pleased to release the summary of our recent conference, ‘Beyond McMahon – the Future of Asylum Reception in Ireland’, which took place on 25 April, 2018. A joint venture by Nasc and UCC’s Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR), the conference aimed to explore... Read more

Nasc and UCC’s Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights host conference on direct provision alternatives

Nasc, the Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre, in conjunction with the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR) at University College Cork’s School of Law are hosting an important conference looking at the future of asylum reception in Ireland.  The conference will be held this Wednesday... Read more

Interim Right to Work Scheme for Asylum Seekers

Information Leaflet INIS have just released an Information Booklet detailing the ‘interim scheme’ for access to the labour market for asylum seekers, which comes into effect on 9th February 2018.  The Information Booklet is available for download here. We are currently seeking clarification... Read more

Nasc publish ‘Working Paper’ on Government’s progress on McMahon Report

Only 20 recommendations verified as implemented; 51% of recommendations fully or partially implemented Progress of implementation slow and piecemeal, particularly in Departments other than Justice that deliver supports and services Today, Nasc has published a Working Paper auditing the Government’s... Read more

Nasc welcomes announcement from Minister on right to work for asylum seekers

Nasc warmly welcomes the announcement made last night that the Government will be opting in the Recast Reception Conditions Directive (2013/33/EU) in order to provide access to the labour market for asylum seekers. “Nasc has long called for Ireland to opt in to this Directive, to bring Ireland’s... Read more

Nasc awaiting announcement on right to work for asylum seekers

Nasc are awaiting an announcement from Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan on the Government’s proposal to extend the right to work to asylum seekers, which is due following the Cabinet meeting today. “While we do not yet know the details of the proposals the Minister is bringing to Cabinet this... Read more

For immediate release: Nasc welcomes commitment from Minister Stanton that ‘no one will be made homeless’

Nasc would like to welcome the commitment made by Minister David Stanton on RTÉ Drivetime last evening, that no asylum seeker on a deportation order would be made homeless as a result of the letters being issued by the Department of Justice. “While we still remain highly alarmed by the apparent seismic... Read more

For immediate release: Nasc condemns proposed eviction of asylum seekers from direct provision

Nasc strongly condemns recent actions taken by the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) of the Department of Justice, to issue letters to certain asylum seekers that they must vacate direct provision. “In the midst of a full-scale housing crisis, the Department of Justice is actively seeking to make... Read more

Direct Provision allowance increase ‘a good start’, says Nasc CEO Fiona Finn

Nasc welcomes the announcement from Taoiseach-elect Leo Varadkar that he will be increasing the Direct Provision Allowance for adults and children. This is the first such increase for adults since the Direct Provision system was established in 2000. The children’s allowance was increased by €6 in... Read more

Unanimous Supreme Court decision on right to work for asylum seekers a “landmark ruling”, says Nasc CEO Fiona Finn

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that the ban on the right to work for asylum seekers in the 1996 Refugee Act, which was transposed into the International Protection Act, 2015, constitutes an ‘absolute prohibition’ on employment which is unconstitutional. The judgement is available online... Read more

Nasc seeks additional information on progress of implementing McMahon Report

Nasc has thoroughly examined the most recent Progress Report on the implementation of the Report of the Working Group on the Protection Process and Direct Provision (the ‘McMahon Report‘). The 2nd Progress Report was published in February 2017 by the Department of Justice, and Nasc are in... Read more

New Complaints Procedure Available for Asylum Seekers via the Ombudsman

As of 4th April 2017, asylum seekers living in Direct Provision can now take a complaint to the Ombudsman or the Ombudsman for Children. Nasc has fought for many years for a more fair, objective and independent complaints procedure and the clarification of the Ombudsman’s remit over direct provision.... Read more

20 Day Deadline on Questionnaires from International Protection Office

We are aware that asylum seekers are understandably concerned at the 20 day deadline on the questionnaires issued by the International Protection Office. We strongly urge all those receiving questionnaires to seek legal advice from the Legal Aid Board or their private solicitor. The International Protection... Read more

Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser – All Welcome

Nasc Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser Nasc are hosting our Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser on Friday 9th December at 6.30pm. It will be taking place in the Everyman Theatre Bar on McCurtain Street and will be hosted by wine columnist Leslie Williams from The Irish Examiner. Tickets are €19.10 and are... Read more

Request for bike and laptop donations

Seeking bike and laptop donations! A few weeks ago, we put up a post on our social media looking for the donation of a bike to one of the young asylum seekers we are supporting in accessing higher education. A huge thank you to Karen for donating a bike with all the essential equipment so one young person... Read more

Direct Provision Questionnaire

Direct Provision Questionnaire In June 2016, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald stated that the Government had implemented 91 of the 173 recommendations of the Working Group on the Protection Process and Direct Provision (the ‘McMahon Report’), and has committed to implementing the remainder... Read more

‘Pilot Support Scheme’ for asylum seekers

With the leaving certificate results just out, we are seeing an increase in questions about access to third level education for asylum seekers. The Department of Education has set up a ‘Pilot Support Scheme’ for asylum seekers who are living in direct provision, who have been in the Irish... Read more