Marking International Children’s Day: Direct Provision Allowance and Children

Today (20 November 2019) is the 60th anniversary of the UN General Assembly Declaration on the Rights of the Child and the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. As discussed in a previous blog post, entitlement to child benefit essentially ended for children in the asylum […]

Embedding Direct Provision Allowance in State Practice and Law 2004-2009

From 2004, the Department of Social and Family Affairs interpreted the habitual residence condition in Irish social welfare law as definitively removing asylum seekers from entitlement to all social welfare payments, but for direct provision allowance. The habitual residence condition was introduced during the 2004 accession of new EU Member States. The purpose of the […]

Direct Provision Allowance 1999-2005: Institutional Foundations

During the establishment of direct provision accommodation centres, the question of weekly cash payments for asylum seekers were also discussed. In November 1999, the Department of Social and Family Affairs (now Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection)  suggested that a ‘comfort payment’ of €19.10 per adult and €9.60 per child per week in direct […]