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Sinn Féin calls for right to work and an end to direct provision on World Refugee Day

20 June, 2017 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD


Speaking on World Refugee Day Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien today reiterated the party’s longstanding call for an end to direct provision and legislation that would allow refugees the right to work.

The Cork North Central TD said;

“Thousands of people flee for their lives each day and 4,300 of those people are now languishing in direct provision centres here in Ireland.

“We want to stand with the strength, courage and perseverance of refugees and acknowledge that we do not believe that people should be forced to remain in substandard direct provision centres with no control over how they live their lives.

“I am calling on the government to implement the outstanding recommendations of the McMahon Report and end direct provision and introduce legislation that would allow those who are seeking asylum to work legally in Ireland.

“We have a responsibility to welcome people into our communities and ensure they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

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