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21/03/2017. End Direct Provision Protest. Pictured Sophia Sharma from RAMSI and MASI (Refugee and Migrant Solidarity Ireland and Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland ) join protesters outside Leinster House this evening in support of Asylum seekers who were inside Leinster House telling TDs their issues in the Direct Provision system. Photo: Sam Boal/

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Last night.

Outside the Dáil.

Members of RAMSI and MASI (Refugee and Migrant Solidarity Ireland and Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland ) including Sophia Sharma, above, gathered outside Leinster House.

Their demonstration took place as, inside the Oireachtas AV room, asylum seekers and members of RAMSI and MASI highlighted their concerns about the new International Protection Act which came into effect earlier this year.

The IPA includes a single application procedure which is meant to bring Ireland in line with other EU countries – whereby the process of applying for refugee protection is streamlined and the length of time that people have to wait for decisions on their applications is reduced.

However, according to RAMSI and MASI, the IPA has resulted in huge confusion when more than 3,000 asylum seekers were asked to submit a new 60-page application in early February.

They also say that the IPA has resulted in a rise in the numbers of people deported and in the numbers of people refused entry at the border, including people from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Eritrea.

Previously: Heard It Before

Pics: Rollingnews

22 thoughts on “Protectionism

  1. AlisonT

    Any explanation as to why the IPA has resulted in a rise in the numbers of people deported. Is it because the system works or because it is not working?

    1. Twunt

      Bleeding hearts think all people should be allowed in and refugees application should be a rubber stamping exercise

      1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

        Sure, everything’s racist these days as my dear ole Mum* says.

        *she’s quite racist.

        1. Sheik Yahbouti

          Yes, and the owners of these private businesses charge us, the taxpayers, a mint for running them.

          1. postmanpat

            Do they kick back money to the government policy makers to keep the gravy train running? Imagine what would happen if they got caught? Big headlines. Investigation. reports, big headlines about the investigation. big headlines about the reports. big headline about individuals getting away with it. editorials. protests, headlines about the protests. debates, ahhhhhh. government officials and Mosney exec thrown into jai….just kidding!!! more debates, more HEADLINES (with property supplements) !!! more signs written on cardboard. more debates. more outrage. more “clever” rhyming of whatever crooked government/business guys name in the tabloids, Tabloids who pretend they were never racist and were always in the side of brown skinned people and gays. more calls for whichever president of the country at the time to step down by Wurzel and the PBP and the AAA and the shinners. more zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

          2. m.e.

            I guess the question I would have is whether the government could do a better job at a lower cost? The dire choice seems to be whether to be ripped off by the private sector or have less productive and expensive public employees running them?

  2. postmanpat

    Some people will say anything for attention. Direct provision is a lot of things but it is not a handy cottage industry for certain individuals to profit from. Like for example the RAMSI and MASI.

  3. dan

    ” the length of time that people have to wait for decisions on their applications is reduced.”
    What a great idea, application approved or denied, followed by a licence to remain or deportation.
    No appeals, no lawyers fees, no delays

    What about applying for asylum in the first EU Country you enter, can we have that enforced please?

  4. mauriac

    don’t think Ireland has a border with or even direct flights to,” Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Eritrea.”
    i agree processing claims should be six months at most.

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      Yeah, Mauriac, I’m only ecstatic that my tax euro goes to funding ‘well got’ organisations to run their mini gulags on behalf of this poxy State. “Economic Migrants” are the dirty word. What Irish emigrant has been anything other than an “economic migrant”, my own parents included?

      1. AlisonT

        True – and when Irish go illegally to the US they get no health care, housing, social welfare or free legal aid.
        The money would be better spent taking people directly from the refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria itself.

  5. Topsy

    End direct provision. Certainly, give each & every one of them a free one way ticket out of the country. Problem solved.

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