10:44 Friday, 26 February 2021
The Irish Refugee Council has welcomed the announcement to abolish Direct Provision over the next four years.
All centres will close in the next four years – abolishing a system set up in 1999.
The Department of Equality says the current system will come to an end in 2024.
From then, asylum-seekers will stay in a reception centre for a maximum of four months.
They’ll then get housed in the community.
A new system will then be set up where asylum seekers will stay in a reception centre for a maximum of four months, before being housed in the community.
CEO of the Irish Refugee Council Nick Henderson says they’ve been calling for an end to Direct Provision for years.