A New Sense of Home: A study into Ireland’s approach to the distribution and integration of asylum seekers after they leave the direct provision system
Asylum seekers looking for a “new sense of home” are stigmatised by many parts of society. Many fail to integrate successfully, often experiencing isolation, discrimination, and neglect. Consequently, despite the existence of an Office for Promotion of Migrant Integration (OPMI) at the Department of Justice, little is seen to be done to address this failure to integrate, suggesting that “out of sight, out of mind” is, perhaps, unofficial government policy. As over 64,000 people having passed through the Irish direct provision system since its creation in 1999, it is important to understand what life is like for people on the other side of structured institutional supports.
This research aims to understand the government policies, and personal motivations, influencing the choice of both place and practice referenced above, helping to explain why asylum seekers end up where they do. It is hoped that this understanding will allow us to establish connections and correlations between direct provision centres and destination communities, facilitating the qualification and quantification of the disparate assimilation processes employed in different locations, and providing guidance as to whether the assimilation process employed in one part of Ireland is more effective than that employed in another.
The following link contains a survey which has the aim of finding where people most likely end up after leaving the Direct Provision System: https://qfreeaccountssjc1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3qr9Ocz0g8bT0hg
This research is carried out in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin and the Laidlaw Foundation