Govt to replace direct provision with protection system –

The Government is to replace the direct provision system with an international protection system over the next four years.

A new two-phased approach will be set out in a white paper to be published this morning.

Under the plans, it is anticipated that all existing direct provision centres will close by the end of 2024.

The direct provision system was established to house asylum seekers entering the Irish State in search of international protection.

But what began as an interim measure, over 20 years ago, still exists. It has been criticised by human rights organisations, NGOs and those in the system.

Today the Government’s white paper will propose a new two-phase approach.

Phase one is expected to take four months. In this phase, accommodation will be provided in reception and integration centres.

Six reception and integration centres will be established which will be in State ownership and operated by not-for-profit organisations.

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