Hey y’all! For this post, I wanted to talk about Direct Provision, or DP, in Ireland.
What is DP?: A program that gives asylum-seekers a place to wait.
But that’s good right?: Wrong. These places serve poor-quality food and have whole families cramped in one room, often alongside strangers. These places were supposed to be temporary – six months. But most have stayed for years, unable to live elsewhere, or even work due to their status in the country. They’re given 19 euros a week to live. In that, they must buy medication, household goods, clothes, etc.
Also, did I mention it’s a for-profit system?
This disproportionately affects black and brown people. Here’s a video to learn more.
And here’s a change.org petition you can sign to end this system. It’ll take about 45 seconds of your day: https://www.change.org/p/people-power-end-direct-provision-in-ireland
Note: don’t donate to change.org. The money goes to them, and not to the petition you’re signing.