Migrant Crisis

Analysis: State opens two new fronts as migration challenges come to the fore once again

Plans to address asylum accommodation shortage and future migration announced by government

Roderic O’Gorman: Aims to acquire 14,000 state-owned spaces by 2028 as part of long-term accommodation plan.

“It is anticipated that all existing direct provision centres will close by the end of 2024.”

So read the press release published almost three years ago to the day announcing the government’s plan to end the state’s reliance on outsourcing the accommodation of asylum seekers to the private sector, and to provide a more humane system.

In its earliest days, the coalition could not have foreseen the impact that migratory movement arising from Russia’s invasion ...