Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (705)

Niall Collins

Question:

705. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a transfer request by a person (details supplied) will be facilitated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36721/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) of the Department has considered the request from the person referred to by the Deputy and replied to him on 4th September.

The Deputy may wish to note that RIA is currently providing accommodation for approximately 7,241 persons.  The composition of protection applicants requiring RIA accommodation (in terms of  individuals/couples/ families) is dynamic, which means that the process of matching the facilities and accommodation available to the changing requirements of those in need of accommodation is an on-going exercise.

Persons seeking international protection in Ireland are offered accommodation by the Department in one of a number of accommodation centres under contract to the Department. Transfers are normally only permitted for very specific reasons and where there is accommodation available in the centre or location to which they are seeking to be transferred.