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Ireland: New figures challenge official record on asylum and immigration

Investigative Journalist Maresa Fagan has published a series of articles on the issue of migrants and refugees reception and integration in Ireland. Her findings are illustrated by real life testimonies of migrants and their journey to and in Ireland. They for example share their frustrations with the Irish system of accommodation and food, known as Direct Provision (DP).

The journalist tells the stories of Khaled, who fled the war in Darfur in 2008 and was only granted protection after six years in DP and Ibrahima from Guinea, who has been in the asylum system for 12 years. They explain how the system, its lengthy procedures and its many restrictions do not allow integration. She also analyses data sourced from the European Commission's Eurostat, demonstrating that almost nine in ten asylum applications considered by Irish authorities were refused between 2008 and 2016. The Republic’s 13% rate of granting asylum compares poorly with the EU average of 44%.

Responding to these findings, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and NGOs working with refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants called for greater transparency and oversight of the asylum and immigration system. The investigation project was funded by the Refugee Crisis Media Fund, with the support of the Tony Ryan Trust.

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