Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (254)

Catherine Connolly


254. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the name and location of each direct provision and emergency reception and orientation centre being used to accommodate international protection applicants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39355/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised by the Immigration Service of my Department that there are currently 38 accommodation centres in the State, the locations of which are set out in the following table.

As these centres are currently operating at full capacity, as of 22nd September, there are also 1,379 people being accommodated by the International Protection Accommodation Services unit (IPAS) of my Department in emergency accommodation in hotels and guest houses. My Department does not disclose the location of emergency accommodation centres in order to protect the identity of international protection applicants.  

Refugees who are admitted to Ireland under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) by way of resettlement from UNHCR camps in Lebanon and Jordan are accommodated in Emergency Reception and Orientation Centres (EROCs) before they are settled in communities across the country. There are currently two dedicated EROCs, in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon and in Clonea, Co. Waterford. There are also a number of dedicated EROC spaces in the Mosney Accommodation Centre due to its suitability for families. 

IPAS Accommodation