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- About the author
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- Introduction: The Uncaring State (Jacqui O’Riordan)
- Part I Structures and Policy on Asylum in the Irish State
- 1 Concepts of Asylum and Refugee Status: Irish Approaches to Date (Piaras Mac Éinrí)
- 2 State Security versus Human Security: Asylum Policy and Its Discontents (Claire Dorrity)
- 3 Who’s Afraid of the Irish State? (Michael Blaney)
- 4 Activist Beginnings: Local and National Campaigns and Initiatives (Joe Moore)
- 5 The McMahon Working Group (Daniel Delaney and Megan Killian)
- Part II Challenging Institutions: Activist Perspectives
- 6 Racisms, State Racism and Resistance (Joe Moore)
- 7 The Power of Organizing from Within: Lucky’s Life and Journey in Direct Provision and KRAC Protest (Lucky Khambule)
- 8 My Experience of Living in Direct Provision (Florence Eriamiantoe)
- 9 Beyond Ribbon Cutting: A Personal Reflection (Gertrude Cotter)
- 10 The Liberation Protest (Tess O)
- Part III Childhoods Lived in Direct Provision: Providing Alternative Spaces and Places Where Children Are Enabled to Flourish
- 11 Children without Childhoods: The Experiences of Children in Direct Provision in Ireland (Annie Cummins)
- 12 The Nature and Consequences of Institutionalizing Families (Nomaxabixo Princess Maye)
- 13 My Journey into Direct Provision (Temmy A)
- 14 Children’s Play in a Hostile Environment (Jacqui O’Riordan, Deirdre Horgan and Shirley Martin)
- 15 Controlled: Raising Children and Living under Surveillance (Kaffy)
- 16 The Psychosocial Wellbeing of Asylum Seeking Children Living in Direct Provision Centres in Ireland (Naomi Masheti)
- Part IV Women and Men as Gendered Adults Living in Direct Provision
- 17 Women’s Migratory Journeys: Hope and Pain – From Home to DP to Home Again (Ciara Burke)
- 18 Liminality in the Direct Provisional System: Living under Extreme Rules and Conditions (Amin Sharifi Isaloo)
- 19 ‘Being Made Different’: Inactivity, Dependency and Emasculation in Direct Provision (Dominic Hewson)
- 20 Invisible: Disabled Child and Adult Asylum Seekers Living in Direct Provision (Keelin Barry)
- 21 Struggles of Living in Direct Provision (Caroline Muthoni Munyi)
- 22 Leaving, Arriving, Beginning: Residents’ Stories of Coming (Ellen, Jessie Nswazi, Natalie)
- 23 Living under the Threat of Deportation: Activist Counter-Deportation Strategies in a Changing Environment (Joe Moore)
- 24 Direct Provision Diary 2007–2009 (Vukasin Nedeljkovic)
- 25 Resisting: Poems (Melanie Marks and Hassan Ali Hassan)
- Part V Realizing Human and Social Potential: Initiatives, Experiences, Resistances
- 26 From Seeking Asylum to Serving Knowledge: The Journey of an Asylum Seeker in Ireland (Niyi Kolawole)
- 27 My Journey through Higher Education: A Struggle for Self-Improvement to Contribute to Irish Society (Pako Mokobo)
- 28 Becoming a University of Sanctuary: Making UCC a Welcome Place for Asylum Seekers (Mike FitzGibbon)
- 29 The Sanctuary Runner Stories (Graham Clifford, Yolanda Mhene and Justine Looney)
- 30 Ordinary (Vera Stojanovic)
- 31 Anti-Deportation Ireland: Emergence, Growth and Actions (Joe Moore)
- 32 Applied Improvisation and Visual Methodologies in Priority Identification with Asylum Seeker Women in Direct Provision (Angela Veale, Sarah Robinson, Naomi Masheti, and Barbara Tint)
- 33 The Journey to Me: Exploring Identity and Belonging through Creativity with Children Living in Direct Provision in Cork (Kathy D’Arcy)
- 34 Creative Agency: Enabling Cultural Participation for Young Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrants in a Museum Context (Fiona Kearney and Tadhg Crowley)
- Conclusions: Reduction, Repression, Reaction, Resistance (Mike FitzGibbon)
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About the author
Jacqui O’Riordan is a lecturer at the School of Applied Social Studies, University Collge Cork, where she works across a broad range of adult education, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Her research interests embody the activist and academic and focus on a range of issues concerning gender, equality and diversity in local and global contexts. Her research contributions include analyses of aspects of women’s livehihoods; child trafficking; care for children; migrant children’s experiences and interactions of education; community supports for people, younger and older, living with disabilities; as well as the analysis of care and experiences of carers. She is a co–founder of Anti–Deportation Ireland, and has had involvement with migrant and asylum–seeking communities since the 1990s.
Mike FitzGibbon has a background in engineering and information systems, and began work in development in the early 1990s, later working at the International Famine Centre in UCC and the Higher Education Equality Unit until 2002, working as a development consultant until 2005. Since then, he has lectured on and been a part of the development of the UCC International Development undergraduate degree programme; a joint MSc in Rural Development with universities in Ethiopia; and on UCC’s Masters in Food Security Management programme. He has always had a strong interest in ethics, human rights and development issues, particularly in relation marginalised groups. For the past two decades, he has had a deep involvement with the asylum–seeking and immigrant communities, and help to found Anti–Deportation Ireland, a local movement working with asylum–seekers.
About the book
This book examines approaches and responses to working with the asylum–seeking, refugee and migrant communities in Ireland. Through their experiences, analyses and activist accounts, contributors name direct provision as a system that facilitates the marginalization and dehumanizing of people. In making visible some of the undocumented challenges to direct provision, the co–operation and engagement between local and migrant communities, and the very real and moving experiences of living in such conditions, this publication forms a part of the ongoing challenge to direct provision. It calls for a reconsideration of the infallibility of the reductionist–dominant narrative that reduces responsibility to care and protect human life, to narrow economic considerations, and calls on the State to recognize its duty of care in its fullest conceptualization. While analysing through the lens of care, the reductionist and repressive State policies and practices are revealed. Most emphasis is placed on the reactions and resilience of the asylum–seeking community, through their numerous acts of resistance, supported by a signifi cant cohort of friends and activists within and outwith the direct provision system.
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piaras mac éinrí
daniel delaney and megan killian
nomaxabixo princess maye
jacqui o’riordan, deirdre horgan and shirley martin
amin sharifi isaloo
caroline muthoni munyi
ellen, jessie nswazi, natalie
melanie marks and hassan ali hassan
graham clifford, yolanda mhene and justine looney
angela veale, sarah robinson, naomi masheti, and barbara tint
fiona kearney and tadhg crowley
Direct Provision and Dispersal
This publication attempts to make visible the realities of living in Ireland’s international State Protection system – Direct Provision and Dispersal – the Irish State’s response to people who are seeking asylum in Ireland, while their applications for protection are being considered. Briefly, in direct provision accommodation people live in shared hostel-type accommodation, meals are provided and they are given a small financial allowance of €38.80 a week for adults and €29.801 for children. The system is overseen by the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA). While a very limited right to work was introduced in 20182, those who are in the system for longer times continue to be prohibited from working and earning a living, sometimes for several years. Adults transition from young, to middle, to older adulthood in the system, people meet, develop relationships and children are born. Children come to Ireland with their parent or parents, sometimes leaving other, often older siblings, behind. They continue their childhoods living in this system and transitioning from early childhood, to middle childhood, to teenage years and onto young adulthood.
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- Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2020. XII, 486 pp., 18 fig. b/w, 1 tables.