Govt to spend €65 Million on new asylum centres | The Niall Boylan Show
Niall Boylan discussed the news that the govt is to spend €65 Million on new asylum centres in Ireland after running out of emergency accommodation willing to host them.
Due to the capacity of the current Direct Provision centres being its limit, the govt has been spending €3.5 Million a month accommodating asylum seekers in hotels around the country. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/ireland-s-asylum-hotel-monthly-bill-tops-3-54m-wb8r9f8bj
Minister Charles Flanagan pledged to take in during 2018 & 2019, the largest ever number of asylum seekers under the EU Relocation Programme. This is on top of asylum seekers who arrive in Ireland independently. Consequently a lot of new accommodation is needed.
The number of Mediterranean migrants and refugees taken from conflict zones which Ireland is obliged to receive is 0. Ireland voluntarily opted into two EU Council Decisions on Relocation. The government also decided to take up to 200 “unaccompanied minors” from Calais.
The Irish Times reported this month that there was concern over rise in people seeking asylum from ‘safe’ countries. Some 41 per cent of all asylum claims in the first half of the year were from Albanian, Georgian and South African nationals. All three countries are officially regarded as “safe countries of origin” by Ireland.
The number of people seeking asylum in the State increased by more than one third in the first six months of the year when compared to 2018, a period when numbers reached a 10-year high.
The top five countries of origin for asylum seekers in 2016 were Syria (10.9%), Pakistan (10.4%), Albania (9.9%), Zimbabwe (8.6%) and Nigeria (7.8%). Aside from Syria, these countries are not acknowledged conflict zones with high grant rates for asylum applicants. Georgia entered the top five in 2017. Syrians bypass the direct provision system and await housing.
In 2015, the number of failed asylum seekers who had remained in Ireland for over five years was 3,350. In 2016, 40% of the 4,300 in Direct Provision had deportation orders. In 2017, the ESRI revealed that approximately 80% of deportation judgments against failed asylum seekers were not implemented.
In January, 2018, the Irish Independent reported of an alleged, undeclared scheme being operated by the immigration authorities allowing failed asylum seekers, who had been in Ireland for five years or more, to stay. Legal professionals working on asylum cases referred to this scheme as the “scheme that doesn’t exist”.
In 2017, a bill passed in the senate to re-expand the family reunification programme which paves the way for refugees to bring grandparents, cousins, nephews, nieces and siblings to Ireland. All parties supported the bill except for Fine Gael. Currently they can only bring in spouses, parents and children under 18.
Between 1996 and 2015. under this expanded family reunification programme, one refugee applied to bring in 70 of their family members. The average number of family members refugees applied to bring was 20 according to Minister David Stanton, speaking in the Dáil.
To find out how much the Direct Provision currently costs read this:
Broadcast: The Niall Boylan Show | Classic Hits | 29 Sep 2019