The strains of Direct Provision, 1 in 5 young people, and the Paralympics
Direct Provision provides accommodation, food, utilities, etc directly to asylum seekers, who aren’t legally allowed to work while their case is assessed by the state. After their application is approved an asylum seeker will be taken off Direct Provision, but this can sometimes take up to 10 years. So what impact does living in direct provision have on a person’s mental health?
Dil talks with Lucky and Ellie, asylum seekers and Organising Members of the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland and Laure Sweeney, a counsellor and psychotherapist who works with Asylum Seekers.
Data published by the European Union’s statistics agency, Eurostat, shows that the percentage of young people in Ireland aged 20 to 24 exclusively in employment in 2015 was 37.8% compared to 54.6% in 2006. Tough high, this figure shows a decrease on last year's figures of 33% youth unemployment.
Dil is joined by James Doorley, deputy director at the National Youth Council of Ireland, to talk about these figures and what can be done to bring these figures down more.
This Wednesday will mark the beginning of the 15th Summer Paralympic Games in Rio. These games bring thousands of athletes from around the world to compete against one another. The last games, at London, proved to be a great success for the sport, with more than 11 million people tuning in to the opening ceremony from over 100 countries.
To preview the games Dil will be talking with sports journalist John O’Sullivan, who will be covering the games for the Irish Times, and the comedian and author Steve Cummins, who’s working on a documentary on the Irish Paralympic team.