It would appear as though the best way for homeless people in Ireland to get housed is to say that they’re a migrant and need to seek asylum – the government appear to be acting much quicker on helping people who weren’t actually born here rather than those who were and are sleeping rough on our streets.
Social media users have been making the direct comparison as to why Irish people are sleeping in hotels, doorways, park benches and street corners yet Micheal Martin, Leo Varadkar, Eamon Ryan, Stephen Donnelly and Simon Harris appear to want to help people from abroad must sooner than our own.
There has been a major blowback to the Green Party’s Programme for Government plan to give asylum seekers who have not yet been granted “International Protection” a weekly payment of €200, their own accommodation, free healthcare, free education and many other benefits whilst they wait years for decisions to be made on their asylum status.
Ireland has never recovered from the banks crash of 2008 and many Irish families have been forced to live in single room hotel rooms. Ireland has thousands of Irish children classed as homeless.
Many on social media are questioning why the Irish Government are focusing on asylum seekers whilst ignoring the pleas of the Irish community.
Rents in Ireland are massive in comparison to other European countries. House prices are no longer affordable with an annual salary of nearly €100,000 to afford a starter home.
Yet the Green Party, backed by Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are building new “Reception Centres” to house the influx of asylum seekers due into Ireland in the years to come.
It’s worth noting that most asylum applications are rejected in Ireland.
Rejection rates for asylum for some countries is as high as 95%.
However deportation orders are virtually non-existent in Ireland.
One Facebook commenter said: “The vast majority of these so called Refugees are simply economic immigrants that are taking advantage of the system.”
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