Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Questions (147)

Clare Daly

Question:

147. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide a breakdown of the number of persons who have been held in direct provision centres for more than five years, categorised by centre and the number of years. [28705/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) of my Department is responsible for the voluntary accommodation of protection applicants in accordance with the Government policy of direct provision and dispersal. Direct provision provides for full board accommodation supports while a final decision is awaited by a person on their protection or any related leave to remain application.

As at 8 June 2014, there were 4,353 persons availing of direct provision accommodation in 34 centres under contract to the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) of my Department.

The detailed statistical analysis sought by the Deputy for the year ending 31 December, 2013 is provided in RIA's 2013 Annual Report which is published on its website - www.ria.gov.ie