Thursday, July 2, 2020
In light of the police violence against African Americans in the United States, Alan Desmond considers the fascinating question of would African Americans be granted refugee status in Ireland?
His bottom line:
"Even if African-Americans stand a chance of qualifying as refugees in Ireland, would they want to seek refuge here? Ireland's treatment of asylum seekers has been the subject of long-standing and widespread criticism. Asylum applicants in Ireland are currently housed across 38 direct provision centres and 34 emergency accommodation centres and receive a Daily Expenses Allowance which equates to a weekly payment of €29.80 for children and €38.80 for adults."
"They may be just as likely to encounter racist treatment and attitudes in Ireland as in their country of origin."