MINISTER SAYS HE WILL USE MIGRANT INTEGRATION STRATEGY TO HELP REFUGEES MOVE FROM DIRECT PROVISION INTO IRISH SOCIETY

21 July 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

“Each of us can help to enable those leaving direct provision to integrate successfully into our society,” David Stanton TD, Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, said yesterday.

The Minister was speaking at the launch of an Irish Refugee Council study, “Transitioning: from Direct Provision to Life in the Community.”

The Minister said, “The study reminds us that we need to take action to promote integration. Integration needs to work for refugees, for those leaving the direct provision system but also for the communities within which they will settle. I plan to use the Migrant Integration Strategy as the framework for action on integration.”

The IRC Study outlines the experiences of a number of people who have transitioned from direct provision accommodation to life in the community after they have received their permission to remain in the State. It indicates that they can often need support to enable them to make a successful transition from direct provision.

In this regard, the Minister pointed to the introduction of a new booklet “Your Guide to Independent Living” which was published by the Dept of Justice and Equality earlier this year which provides information for those leaving direct provision on accessing a range of public services. The Minister indicated that further work is in train to assist those making the transition out of direct provision.

The Minister added, “This IRC study highlights for me the increasing need for State and civil society actors to work together to identify things that need to change – as well as managing the expectations of those who wish to make their new homes in Ireland.

“Settling into a new community is a complex process. However, I firmly believe that the process of moving from direct provision and getting the…
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