Asylum and Direct Provision in Ireland

  • Zoë O’Reilly


Asylum seekers are persons who seek to be recognized as refugees in accordance with the terms of the United Nations Geneva Convention (1951). An asylum seeker has a legal right to seek refuge in Ireland under the terms of this convention. In the mid to late 1990s, alongside the rise of the ‘Celtic Tiger’, Ireland shifted from being a country of emigration to one of immigration, with a rapid growth (4.1%) (Samers in Migration. London and New York: Routledge, p. 22, 2010) of migrants in proportion to its overall population between 1996 and 2005. This ‘unprecedented and sustained period of inward migration’ (Conlon in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 28: 95, 2010) to Ireland can be partly attributed to rapid economic growth, demand for labour, relatively liberal immigration policies during that period, and general integration into Europe’s wider migration system (Samers in Migration. London and New York: Routledge, p. 25, 2010).


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  • Zoë O’Reilly
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyMaynooth UniversityDublinIreland

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