Asylum seekers have locked out the management of Kinsale Road Accommadation Centre which is a privatised direct provision centre. Residents are protesting at the poor and unfair conditions that they are being forced to live in. Asylum seekers are denie …

Tim Lezard Europe, Ireland, Migrants, Racism

Asylum seekers have locked out the management of Kinsale Road Accommadation Centre which is a privatised direct provision centre. Residents are protesting at the poor and unfair conditions that they are being forced to live in. Asylum seekers are denied the right to work and study and forced to live on €19.10 per week.

 

Residents protest inhuman conditions at Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre, Cork, © Paula Geraghty

Residents protest inhuman conditions at Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre, Cork, © Paula Geraghty

Lucky, from South Africa describes in the video below how 3 men are made sleep in a small room with little space and with no regard for people’s religious and cultural differences. Bob, who has lived in Direct Provosion for 8 years describes how he has had his life destroyed by direct provision. He feels that they have been turned into commodieties and private companies exist to make profit off those seeking asylum.

"Asylum Seekers are not criminals, grant us our rights" placard at Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre, Cork, © Paula Geraghty

“Asylum Seekers are not criminals, grant us our rights” placard at Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre, Cork, © Paula Geraghty

Here are some of the residents talking about the experience of Direct provision and why residents came together to lock management out.

People with disabilities complain of being forced to live on first floors of buildings and not having access to medical services.

There are some children who have been born into direct provision and grown up. Parents feel devastated by this as they are unable to do normal things like cook and nourish their children.

Yesterday, just as we were leaving, residents began a meeting to discuss the new settlement offered by Aramark Ltd., the company that runs Kinsale Road Accommadation Centre. The residents voted to accept this offer and have ended their lock out of management.

They are continuing to fight against the inhumane system of Direct Provision.

Video © Paula Geraghty


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