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Ireland: Asylum seekers to get extra €2.50 per week to live on

People living in direct provision are to have their weekly welfare payments increased by €2.50 per week for adults and €6 per week for children. Around 4,000 adults and children living in direct provision would benefit from the measure announced today 14 June by Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and Minister for Justice Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and still to be approved by the Cabinet. If the measure passes, the rate for children would rise from €15.60 to €21.60 per week and that for adults from €19.10 to €21.60 per week as of August 2018.

The Direct Provision Allowance was introduced in 2000 at the weekly rate of IR£15 (€19.10) per adult and IR£7.50 (€9.60) per child. If the adult rate had so far remained unchanged, the child rate was first increased in January 2016 by €6 per week to the current €15.60. The Department of Social Protection is currently paying a Direct Provision Allowance to 3,060 adults and 1,190 dependent children.

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