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.
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