Dozens In Direct Provision Centres Have Legal Status

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10% of the asylum seekers living in Clare’s direct provision centres have already been granted permission to stay in the country.

37 people with legal status remain in the centres in Knockalisheen and Lisdoonvarna, as Clare FM’s James Mulhall reports.


817 people are living in direct provision centres throughout Ireland, despite having been granted legal status to remain here already.

That’s according to the Minister with responsibility for the Direct Provision, David Stanton, who has told the Dáil that 37 of those are living in the direct provision centres in Lisdoonvarna and Knockalisheen.

There’s no breakdown on a per-centre basis, but this represents around a tenth of the centres’ combined capacities.

The figures do not take into account the soon-to-be-opened centre in Ennis.

732 people have been transitioned out of accommodation centres this year, and the Department says it works in collaboration with a range of Statutory and voluntary groups to support residents with status or permission to remain to access housing options.