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Transition: from Direct Provision to life in the community

  • 22 Jul 2016

Co-authored by Muireann Ní Raghallaigh, lecturer in Social Work at UCD & Assistant Professor Maeve Foreman, School of Social Work and Social Policy, TCD.


The report looks at the experiences of those who have been granted refugee status, subsidiary protection or leave to remain in Ireland attempting to transition from Direct Provision to life in the wider community.

Read the press release at

Some of the report’s key recommendations:

  • This report echoes numerous other studies in calling for an end to Direct Provision. In the meantime, to help prepare and support those living in DP prior to transitioning, improvements to the system need to be made, including the provision of self-catering facilities, increased payments, quicker processing times for asylum applications, permission to study and to work, increased psychosocial supports, and more support for cultural integration.
  • Those exiting Direct Provision with legal status should be given the same level of support that Programme Refugees receive on arrival in Ireland – otherwise state policy and practice is suggesting that they are somehow less deserving.
  • Upon receipt of status, people should be provided with clear written information, on what is needed to make the transition out of the Direct Provision system. Further verbal information, through a designated person, should also be available.
  • The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) should provide a standard reference to those exiting Direct Provision, in order to help them obtain rental accommodation.
  • As soon as people receive their papers, they should be entitled to normal social welfare allowances instead of the Direct Provision payment.
  • A resettlement grant should be provided. It should be large enough to pay for a rental deposit, first month’s rent, and household essentials, such as bedding and kitchen utensils. Overall, every effort needs to be made to ensure that the process of transitioning out of Direct Provision hostels is poverty-proofed, especially considering that people involved have lived in poverty for many years while in the Direct Provision system.
  • People exiting Direct Provision should have immediate access to the Back to Education Allowance. The criteria for eligibility need to be altered to ensure this.



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