Welcome Refugees Panel: Session Cultural Reflection and Transformation of Identity – Asylum Seekers in Ireland

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 Welcome Refugees Panel Session

Cultural Reflection and Transformation of Identity – Asylum Seekers in Ireland

Those currently in the Irish asylum process find themselves residing in Direct Provision centres, described by the Department of Justice and Equality as “a means of meeting the basic needs of food and shelter for asylum seekers directly while their claims for refugee status are being processed”.[1] People living in these centres, which were originally set up as short-term solutions, find themselves in these institutional settings for up to several years and face conditions which have been described as dehumanising and sub-standard [2]. These centres and the institutional culture within have a significant negative impact on the lives and identities of asylum seekers, from mental health to a lack of belonging. How can the state, civil society, and individuals within Ireland work to reverse or negate these effects? What specific steps can stakeholders within Trinity College Dublin (students, staff, faculty) make to encourage a culture of welcome for asylum seekers, rather than one of institutional neglect?

As part of the second International Postgraduate Research Conference, Welcome Refugees in collaboration with the Graduate Student Union is holding a panel session which seeks to develop reflections on the culture of Direct Provision centres, the identity transformation of those living within these centres, and steps the higher education community within Trinity College Dublin can take to alleviate these pressures.

This panel session will be held at 2-3pm, after the pillar: Cultural Reflection and Transformation of Identity, on Thursday 15th March 2018. The session will be held in the TBSI Building, Trinity College Dublin, 152 - 160 Pearse St, Dublin 2. Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tcd-international-postgraduate-research-conference-2018-tickets-43896615960

More information on this panel and on the two day conference can be found at: www.ipgrc.com.

[1] Reception and Integration Agency (RIA), “Direct Provision,” accessed January 19, 2018, http://www.ria.gov.ie/en/RIA/Pages/Direct_Provision_FAQs.
[2] Irish Refugee Council, “Direct Provision: Framing an Alternative Reception System for People Seeking International Protection,” 2013, http://www.irishrefugeecouncil.ie/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/DP_Report_F....


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