Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Justice and Equality
Direct Provision Data
402. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of adults and children remaining in direct provision centres after their leave to remain has been granted, for the most recent date available. [3265/20]
As the Deputy will be aware, residents who have been granted an international protection status (refugee status or subsidiary protection status) or a permission to remain have the same access to housing supports and services as Irish and EEA nationals.
My Department has a specific team who work in collaboration with Depaul Ireland, the Jesuit Refugee Service, the Peter McVerry Trust, officials in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, and the City and County Managers Association to collectively support residents with status or permission to remain to access housing options.
Currently, there are approximately 1,018* residents in accommodation centres with status or permission to remain in the State.
Since the beginning of the year, a total of 191* people with status or permission to remain have transitioned out of accommodation centres. Approximately 103 of these people moved with the assistance of the services and supports outlined above. A total of 837 persons with status moved into the community during 2019.
* These figures are provisional and may be subject to change.