The Direct Provision system is a stain on Irish society. Direct Provision denies asylum seekers, be they women, men or children, any control over their own lives and keeps asylum seekers as second or even third class citizens.
Direct Provision was introduced as a so-called ‘temporary measure’ in 2000. 17 years later it is still in place, having devastated the lives of many thousands of people fleeing oppression and persecution.
Direct Provision means that asylum seekers are forced to live in centres that are very close to being prisons for years on end while waiting for their claims to be processed. They are made to ‘live’ on €21.60 a week, denied the right to work and denied even the right to cook food in the centres.
The children of asylum seekers grow up in these inhumane conditions which separate and segregate them from other children. And then, when they reach 18, they are denied access to Third Level education.
The politicians keep saying they will do something but keep failing to do anything.
JOIN THE NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION: END DIRECT PROVISION
SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER
ASSEMBLE 2PM GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE
Supported and Organised by UNITED AGAINST RACISM (UAR), EUROPEAN NETWORK AGAINST RACISM (ENAR) – IRELAND, MOVEMENT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS IN IRELAND (MASI), IRISH REFUGEE COUNCIL (IRC), UNITE THE UNION, IRELAND PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN (IPSC), THE COALITION TO REPEAL THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT, ROSA (FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, AGAINST OPPRESSION, SEXISM & AUSTERITY), ANTI-DEPORTATION IRELAND (ADI) IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM), SOLIDARITY, PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT, GREEN PARTY. IRISH TRAVELLER MOVEMENT (ITM), SOCIAL WORK ACTION NETWORK (SWAN) – IRELAND, GALWAY ANTI-RACISM NETWORK (GARN), MUSLIM SISTERS OF ÉIRE, ISLAMIC FOUNDATION OF IRELAND
(The list will be further updated as we get confirmations)