Welfare payments for asylum seekers are “too low”, former Minister for Social Protection Éamon Ó Cuív has said.
Currently, there are roughly 9,300 adult asylum seekers in the State who receive €38.80 per week and the 2,000 children living in Direct Provision receive €4.25 per day.
The Daily Expenses Allowance is administered by the Department of Social Protection and is lower than the €220 a week Irish citizens receive on job seeker’s allowance.
“I think the rate is too low at €38 a week,” Mr Ó Cuív told Newstalk.
“But I do accept the principle that it shouldn’t be the full rate.
“Because if you pay the full rate, plus free board and lodgings, then the logic of that situation is you would be better off in Direct Provision than somebody who is in receipt of job seeker’s allowance and is living here all their life.
“The reality is in their case that they have to pay for their food and their board.”
The Daily Expenses Allowance doesn't apply to those fleeing the war in Ukraine, who are entitled to the full rates of social welfare.
Main image: A general view of the Mosney Direct Provision centre in County Meath. Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire