Press Release: Nasc welcomes place on Working Group, will continue to call for end to direct provision

Tue, October 14, 2014

dayofactionNasc welcomes the invitation made to our CEO Fiona Finn to sit on the Working Group, which will make recommendations to the government to improve the system of direct provision and Ireland’s protection system.

Nasc CEO Fiona Finn comments:

“We are happy to be asked to participate in what we consider the first step in bringing about an end to the direct provision system.”

“Although we are disappointed that the terms of reference for the Working Group seem quite narrow, we believe it is better to be at the table and try to effect change than not to take part,” continues Ms. Finn.

“The current protection and reception system is dysfunctional and fails to respect the fundamental human rights and human dignity of this vulnerable population. However, we accept that reforming this system is a complex task and one to which there are no easy or quick fixes.”

“We will continue to push for an end to the system of direct provision and work towards the introduction of a humane reception and protection system in Ireland, both within and outside of the Working Group,” finishes Ms. Finn.

Nasc’s submission to the Ministers on the short and long term measures that need to be put into place to improve the protection system and phase out direct provision are available here.

Most importantly, our submission notes the necessity of ensuring the participation of asylum seekers in the process, and we welcome the inclusion of a member of the Irish Refugee Council’s ‘Core Group’ in the Working Group.

More must be done during the life of the Working Group to ensure the experiences and input of asylum seekers are included.

Fiona Finn states:

“We will be reiterating this recommendation to the Working Group at the first meeting, and will be consulting with asylum seekers in the Cork area to get their input on the process and recommendations for reforms for the duration of the Working Group.”