The way asylum seekers get treated in Ireland is disgraceful.
They only get €19.10 a week! The children get less. They are kept in direct provision i.e. marginalised for several years before a decision on whether to grant them citizenship is made.
While I accept the argument that if they were to get the full standard welfare rate as asylum seekers that this would entice many more to come here I still think that they should still be getting a lot more than €19.10 a week. A more humane welfare rate should come in which at the same time wouldn't be the full welfare rate. Is this being looked at?
We have less than 5,000 asylum seekers in Ireland. Their asylum process should be quickened to less than a year. All those who are escaping persecution should be allowed stay. OF COURSE for the simple minded of you we cannot let in tens of thousands of them in a few short years, and in the event of letting in many more a debate would be had on a quota every year. But as of now we only have less than 5,000. The cost to give them a decent allowance would be very small. So what if we had 10,000 in a few years in the event of them getting a fairer allowance? The asylum process is strict- it does take years- only the families and individuals who are genuine will get in generally.
Inhumane asylum-seeker system needs radical reform - Social Affairs & News from Ireland & Abroad | The Irish Times - Sat, Mar 23, 2013
Right to attend college urged for asylum-seekers aged over 18 - Social Affairs & News from Ireland & Abroad | The Irish Times - Thu, Apr 04, 2013
Postscript: 7th April 2013
On account of the the information gained from this thread- I was a virgin on the issue when starting it- despite the extremism on it mostly (to date) by the poster 'Dublin 4' I found out that around 90% of people applying are not genuine. I think that those who are deemed early on to be genuine (and this should not take long) should get full welfare benefits and be allowed seek work (obviously losing their welfare benefits or most of them when they get a job) and that the process of them getting citizenship should only take a few months. I also think that as part of the new asylum system to be brought in across the EU that there should be a quota of refugees allowed into every country in the EU and that, presuming as happens now in Ireland few get in every year, that the State should invite refugees at UNHCR refugee camps to the country. Again with a quota.