Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (554, 555)

Johnny Mythen

Question:

554. Deputy Johnny Mythen asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the number of adults and children remaining in direct provision in County Wexford after their leave to remain has been granted for the most recent date available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6943/21]

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Johnny Mythen

Question:

555. Deputy Johnny Mythen asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the number of adults and children residing in direct provision in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6944/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 554 and 555 together.

As of the end of January 2021 there were 113 adults and 38 children being accommodated by my Department in Co. Wexford, including 9 adults and 2 children who have been granted an International Protection status (refugee status or subsidiary protection status) or a permission to remain.

Residents who have been granted an International Protection status or a permission to remain have the same access to housing supports and services as Irish and EEA nationals and considerable work is being undertaken to support these residents to move out of accommodation centres and into secure permanent accommodation. My Department has a specific team who work in collaboration with Depaul Ireland, the Jesuit Refugee Service, the Peter McVerry Trust, officials in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, and the City and County Managers Association collectively to support residents with status or permission to remain to access housing options.