Asylum in Ireland – Case Delays and Poor Living Conditions

Ireland: Demonstrations over case delays and poor living conditions
On 31 August, asylum seekers held demonstrations in several Irish towns over case delays and poor living conditions at accommodation centres for asylum seekers. The protests were aimed at raising awareness about the plight of thousands of asylum seekers in Ireland, who are forced to live in limbo for several years in unsuitable hostels. The NGOs Residents Against Racism and Irish Refugee Council say they are both supporting the demonstrations.
In an open letter to the Irish Minister for Justice and Law Reform, the Irish Refugee Council, an ECRE Member, along with 12 other organisations, asked for a review of the asylum system in order to establish a faster, fair and transparent decision-making process and improve the living conditions of asylum seekers in line with international and European law.