Anti-Deportation Ireland launches campaign against direct provision and deportation October 2, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Dublin, Ireland, October 2nd 2012
‘The direct provision system is destroying people’s lives, and the injustice of deportations must be ended’ according to Anti-Deportation Ireland (ADI). The organization, comprised of asylum-seekers from direct provision centres all over Ireland, and their supporters, will launch a campaign and research report in Unite the Union, 15 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, on October 3rd at 11.30am.
The launch comes a week after the death of a Congolese asylum-seeker, Emmanuel Marcel Landa in Mosney, the 49th person to die in the system of Direct Provision since 2000. It also follows the march of several hundred people in Galway city on September 15th to protest against the summary dispersal of 270 asylum-seekers living in Lisbrook House. They were due to be relocated to other centres around the country, despite the fact that many have been living in and integrated into the local community during the last years.
According to Luke Bukha of ADI, the direct provision system ‘takes people who have been uprooted from their homes and who have often suffered terrible traumas and confines them in a system that leaves them without choice and often hope. They have no right to work, live in cramped and often sub-standard conditions, and face long periods of waiting and agonizing that leave them vulnerable to illness and depression’.
Elena Moreo, the author of ADI’s report, notes that the system of deportation is inefficient and involves huge costs to the taxpayer, while deepening the misery inflicted on asylum-seekers. ‘Our report details the massive cost of flights, legal fees and private security firms to the exchequer. However we also really need awareness of the costs of this system to families that are separated, to Irish citizens and spouses who are also deported, and to the mental health and safety of people sent back to often unsafe conditions’.
As well as presenting this report, the launch will feature testimonies from asylum-seekers of their experiences in direct provision, and dealing with the threat of deportation.
Anti Deportation Ireland has three specific demands: an immediate end to all deportations, abolition of the direct provision system, and the right to work for asylum-seekers.
Luke Bukha 0858072476