Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said dignity and respect should be at the core of how refugees and asylum seekers are treated in Ireland.
Speaking after meeting with representatives of the Immigrant Refugee Council and Immigrant Council of Ireland in Dublin today, Martina Anderson said:
“I met today with representatives of the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Immigrant Refugee Council in Dublin to discuss the serious concerns they have about the treatment of refugees in Ireland, particularly around direct provision and employment.
“One of the key concerns they raised was the failings of the direct provision system in dealing with those rescued from people trafficking.
“Direct provision centres are mixed gender which causes serious problems for women rescued from prostitution in particular.
“We also discussed the wider problems around the length of time it takes to process asylum applications, with applicants waiting up to 18 months just for an initial interview.
“Dignity and respect should be at the heart of how we treat refugees and asylum seekers and these are sadly lacking in the direct provision system.
“These groups will be launching a report on their concerns in the European Parliament in Brussels later this month and I look forward to working with them to ensure they are addressed.”