Asylum Reform

The IRC is committed to achieving a just, fair and transparent process for everyone seeking international protection in Ireland.

Direct Provision

The system of Direct Provision, which was officially introduced by the Irish Government in 2000, requires those seeking asylum or leave to remain to live in the state designated accommodation centres.  Asylum seekers are not allowed to work or study and are dependent on the allowance of €19.10 per week (adults) €15.60 (children). They spend long periods in inactivity, often leading to depression, social isolation and poverty.  The IRC is opposed to Direct Provision and works to replace it with a more humane system whereby asylum seekers can live with dignity, to gain the skills needed to integrate and to contribute to Irish society. We also support asylum seekers in improving their immediate conditions through advocacy and, where necessary, public campaigning.

Children and Young People

The IRC works to promote best practices for the protection of the rights of children and young people in the asylum system.  Previously, the IRC focussed its work in this area on separated children and were a major contributor in achieving equity of care for separated children.  However, with approximately, 1,100 children living in Direct Provision we have broadened our focus to encompass all children and young people in the asylum system.

Universal Periodic Review

In October 2011, Ireland appeared before the UN Human Rights Council for the first time under the Universal Periodic Review mechanism.