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The current direct provision system was established in 2000 and little to no changes have been made despite the growing number of asylum seekers in recent years. Essentially, people who come to Ireland and apply for refugee status are accommodated in one of the several structures around the country as they wait for a response to their application. NASC Ireland estimates that the majority of asylum seekers spends at least 4 years living in the direct provision due to a flawed immigration system. Many critiques and complaints about the accommodation system have been made throughout the years, including concerns regarding mental health, children, education and so forth. Join us for a discussion on the system of the direct provision in Ireland. Our guest speakers: Dr. Liam Thornton from the UCD School of Law. Dr. Thornton has a keen interest in social justice and law. His work has covered various aspects of immigration law and human rights. His expertise will be of great value to the discussion. Rory O’Neill from the Irish Refugee Council is the Integration: Housing and Employment officer. Mr. O'Neill has valuable experience as a researcher on issues facing those transitioning out of the Direct Provision to which he documented through photography. His experiences and contribution will give a practical eye opener to the discussion. Nonty Dazana from South Africa, a Quantity Surveyor by profession has experienced the Direct Provision first hand. Prior to having to leave South Africa due to circumstances out of her control Ms. Dazana was a well-established woman. Learn more and engage on the topic. Location: Red Room, UCD Student Centre Time: 5 pm - 6 pm