A new fast track housing system for asylum seekers arriving in Ireland will see applicants housed within four months and will become a "standard feature of Irish cities and towns" .
Details of the new system are contained in a governmental report entitled : "a white paper to end direct provision and establish a new International Protection support service"
Under the new system which will be phased in between february 2021 and december 2024 ,
asylum seekers arriving in Ireland will initially be housed in one of six state owned reception and integration centres with own-door or own-room accommodation where they will receive free healthcare , childcare , educational and financial supports . Applicants will be eligible for a driving licence and bank account .
After 4 months , applicants will be given a home and receive an income support payment from the department of children & equality at a rate similar to the supplementary welfare allowance . Non Governmental Organisations will be funded by the department of children to provide support services
during this period and applicants will be entitled to access employment if they do not receive a decision on their application within six months .
According to the report ..."Accommodation will be located in all counties" and "Private tenancies will be used to source accommodation for families and rent a room schemes for single people"
The location and number of applicants to be accommodated in each county will be determined by the county and city management association in cooperation with the department of children & equality . The new system will be overseen by a programme board chaired by the department of children and include representatives from NGOs, human rights organisations and former asylum seekers .
Writing in the report minister for children Roderic O'Gorman said .. "Each county will be asked to accommodate applicants for International Protection so that the International Protection accommodation process becomes a standard feature of Irish cities and towns".
Figures published in the report show that 8,812 asylum applications were being processed at the end July 2020 . The top 5 countries of origin for asylum applicants were Pakistan , Nigeria , Zimbabwe , Georgia and Albania . Of these , 5,613 were men and 3,198 women . A government report published last september by the advisory group on direct provision showed that between the years 2002 and July 2020 more than 80% of asylum claims were not considered genuine on the first attempt .
Meanwhile , latest social housing figures [ 02/11/2020 ] puts the number of people waiting on social housing in Ireland at 61,880 with over a quarter of people (27.2%) waiting longer than 7 years [link] . L
ast summer , a freedom of information request to dublin city council put the waiting time for a house in that district at 12 years with one person waiting more than 20 years .