Children and Forced Migration: Durable Solutions During Transient Years

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My chapter, “No Date on the Door: Direct Provision Housing, Child Asylum Seekers, and Ireland’s Violations of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child,” was published in Children and Forced Migration: Durable Solutions During Transient Years last fall. The chapter examined the asylum application system in Ireland, focusing on the negative impacts of direct provision accommodation on the physical and mental health of child asylum seekers. Direct provision is a full room and board system introduced in 2000 in response to a housing crisis in Dublin arising from a dramatic increase in asylum seeker arrivals. I explore how the treatment of child asylum seekers in direct provision illustrates Ireland’s failure to uphold the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Referencing relevant articles of the CRC, I discuss the material deprivation and social exclusion faced by children in direct provision centers across Ireland. You can learn more about the edited volume here.

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