7 Asylum Seekers 23 Observations on the General Scheme of the Bill are

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7. Asylum Seekers 23 Observations on the General Scheme of the Bill are accessible on our website at 24 Concluding Comments of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination on Ireland’s Initial and Second Periodic Reports, CERD/C/IRL/CO/2, para. 14. 25 Ibid . 26 Report of the Visit of Co-ordinator on Follow-up to Ireland, CERD/C/69/Misc.9, para. 10. 27 Ibid . 28 See IHRC, Submission of the Irish Human Rights Commission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in respect of Ireland’s First National Report under the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, (2005) at p.45-46 and IHRC and NCCCRI, Safeguarding the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families, A Review of EU and International Standards: Implications for Ireland , (2004). 29 Ibid . 8
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a. System of Direct Provision The CERD Committee and the Follow-up Co-ordinator expressed concern with State policy on direct provision for asylum seekers and encouraged an assessment of the system and the impact it has on the integration of persons when they are recognised as residents or granted asylum in Ireland. 30 The IHRC has also addressed this issue in its shadow report, recalling Committee’s request for all States to remove obstacles to the enjoyment of economic and social rights of non-citizens. The differential treatment of asylum seekers in relation to social welfare represents a divergence from the general principle of needs-based social protection. 31 The IHRC requests the Government to provide information in its periodic report on what consideration the State has given to reforming the system of direct provision. The IHRC also requests the Government to provide information in its periodic report as to the monetary amount of direct provision currently provided to asylum seekers. 8. Travelling Community a. Travelling Community as an Ethnic Group The CERD Committee recalled its General Recommendation VIII on the principle of self-identification and expressed concern with the State’s lack of recognition for Travellers as an ethnic group. 32 The CERD Committee stated that the recognition of Travellers as an ethnic group has important implications under the Convention. The Follow-up Co-ordinator also encouraged the State to engage in close dialogue with the Traveller community regarding the identification of Travellers as an ethnic group, and to reach a common understanding. 33 The Follow-up Co-ordinator stated that Travellers have a distinct culture, language and traditions and referred to the signification of the principle of self-identification. The IHRC requests the Government to provide information in its periodic report on whether the State’s position has evolved on this issue and as to the State’s current position in relation to Traveller ethnicity. The IHRC requests a clear explanation from the State for its reasons for taking this position. b. Access to Services 30 Concluding Comments of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination on Ireland’s Initial and Second Periodic Reports, CERD/C/IRL/CO/2, para.13 and Report of the Visit of Co-ordinator on Follow-up to Ireland, CERD/C/69/Misc.9, para.14.
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