While a person’s application is being processed, they are accommodated by the government’s Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) in Direct Provision centres around the country. These centres are a communal style of accommodation, where families are often housed in one room, and single people usually share a room with other single adults, quite often up to four people in one room.  Shower and toilet facilities are often shared. Meals are cooked for the residents, and served at a set time each day in a canteen.