Over 3,000 asylum seekers were given a boost this week as the Government announced new measures that will allow them to work as their application for refugee status is being reviewed.
Under the new proposals which were introduced by the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and Minister of State David Stanton, asylum seekers who are currently waiting for their application to be accepted will be allowed to work with little restrictions.
The new rules which those wishing to seek employment will be issued letters of recommendation which can be submitted to employers whilst their refugee application is being reviewed.
However those seeking employment will not be allowed to apply for civil or public service jobs as existing rules in regards to citizenship will apply.
The Government say acceptable asylum seekers who gain employment will have their employment status reviewed every six months until their existing application is accepted.
Meanwhile asylum seekers who have had their application denied will also be able to seek or remain in employment during their appeals process.
They will also be allowed to seek accommodation outside direct provision centres once they gain temporary or full-time employment.
However those who opt to remain in the centres will have their direct provision allowance reduced following a means test.
The Department of Justice also revealed that asylum seekers who gain employment will have to pay tax and PRSI once they have found employment.