Can you live off of €38.80 for the week?
Your student officers are attempting to live off of €38.80 this week to raise awareness and hopefully generate some funds for the sanctuary students attending the university. We understand this is not our reality however, we hope to educate people about the realities for people currently living in Direct Provision.
For our students, this means just €38.80 a week on food, transport, clothes, printing, phone credit and any academic costs.
In an effort to stand with those in direct provision, and to highlight the fierce restrictions on autonomy of the residents, we are encouraging members the Universities of Sanctuary to attempt to live on €38.80 for Sanctuary Week, November 9th-13th.
We want the week to further open up the discussion on life in Direct Provision and the role people can play in the integration of those living in Direct Provision in society.
Ireland’s reception system for asylum seekers is known as Direct Provision. Direct Provision started in 1999, as a temporary situation for people who were awaiting decision on their application for international protection. However, this accommodation system holds families in isolated areas with little or no access to basic services for years.
The vast majority of the centers are managed on a for-profit basis by private contractors. Many applicants experience physical, emotional, and mental health issues as a result of their length stays in direct provision. Today, there are more than 7,000 people living in Direct Provision centers across Ireland.
KEY ISSUES WITH DP
- Length of time: The average length of stay in Direct Provision is 24 months, with some residents having spent up to 10 or 12 years living in these conditions.
- Profit: The majority of Direct Provision centres are managed by private contractors on a for-profit basis, on behalf of the State.
- Education: Limited access to further & higher education.
- Isolated locations: Some centres are located in rural areas, with limited transport options and support services.
- Privacy & overcrowded living conditions: Residents live in shared accommodation, with single adults sharing rooms with up to eight people of different backgrounds and nationalities.
- Food: Three meals are provided at set times each day; limited cooking facilities are available in a small number of centres. Complaints have been made regarding lack of variety and lack of nutritional options in the centres.
- Health: Physical and mental health issues among residents are very common. Asylum seekers are 5 times more likely to experience mental health issues and psychiatric conditions.
- Children:.30% of Direct Provision residents are children. Children have been born and raised living in these conditions, the long-term developmental effects of which are still unknown.
What is a University of Sanctuary Ireland?
University of Sanctuary Ireland (UoSI) is an initiative to encourage and celebrate the good practice of universities, colleges and institutes welcoming refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants into their university communities and fostering a culture of welcome and inclusion for all those seeking sanctuary.
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