Nasc’s submission to Minister for Justice on Ireland’s protection system and direct provision

Wed, October 1, 2014

Photo from @FitzgeraldFrncs

Photo from @FitzgeraldFrncs

In the wake of attending the Roundtable Discussion held by Ministers Fitzgerald and Ó Riordáin on Ireland’s protection system and direct provision, Nasc has made a written submission to the Minister for Justice to reiterate the issues CEO Fiona Finn presented on the day.

The submission is available for download here.

Key points in the submission include the need to ensure asylum seekers are represented on the Working Group when it is established. No one is better able to speak to how the system impacts lives than the people who have lived there, sometimes for several years.

Additionally, we recommend the immediate introduction of the Single Procedure, which will significantly improve the protection system and allow for people to apply for multiple forms of protection simultaneously. This will prevent future applicants from having to experience the long waiting times that current applicants experience.

We also call for an end to the system of direct provision and recommend looking to the EU Receptions Directive as a model for the development of humane reception for people seeking protection.

Nasc CEO Fiona Finn comments:

“We look forward to the opportunity to engage with the Working Group and progress these issues with Ministers Fitzgerald and Ó Riordáin, to improve Ireland’s protection system and the reception of asylum seekers.”