IHREC Policy Statement on Direct Provision

The aim of this policy statement is to add the voice of the Commission to the existing body of evidence around people living within the Direct Provision system for long periods of time, focusing on the particular human rights implications of such lengthy stays and to inform the deliberations of the Governmental Working Group on Direct Provision. This statement sets out a short overview of the system of Direct Provision, followed by an examination of some of the historical and legacy issues leading to why people find themselves living within the system for excessive periods of time. It then highlights the overarching human rights and equality implications of the system, including its effects on family life and on children in particular.