The report is based on interviews with 22 former asylum seekers and aims to develop a deeper understanding of the experiences of those who have been granted international protection, as they transition from Direct Provision (DP) to autonomous life in the community. The report looks at people’s hopes, fears, challenges and opportunities and how the existing structures support or hinder the transition process. The authors consider how life in DP and a protracted decision-making process contributes to the immediate challenges of integration.
Many of those transitioning have spent long years in Direct Provision centres, living on extremely limited financial means, in a system where they cannot work or pursue higher education and training. Consequently, they do not have access to the financial or cultural resources that enable easy integration into local communities. Nevertheless, there is no systematic, supported transition process for these refugees. Finding accommodation or employment, accessing social welfare support and entering further education are listed as main difficulties faced by people who are transitioning form DP to an independent living.
The report makes recommendations that include a comprehensive, interdepartmental transition system with co-ordinated support to asylum seekers both prior to and after making the transition from Direct Provision.
- Dr. Muireann Ní Raghallaigh, Maeve Foreman and Maggie Feeley
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