welcome refugees panel
Cultural Reflection & transformation of identity - asylum seekers in Ireland
Those currently in the Irish asylum process find themselves residing in Direct Provision centres, described by the Department of Justice and Equality as “a means of meeting the basic needs of food and shelter for asylum seekers directly while their claims for refugee status are being processed”. People living in these centres, which were originally set up as short-term solutions, find themselves in these institutional settings for up to several years and face conditions which have been described as dehumanising and sub-standard . These centres and the institutional culture within have a significant negative impact on the lives and identities of asylum seekers, from mental health to a lack of belonging. How can the state, civil society, and individuals within Ireland work to reverse or negate these effects? What specific steps can stakeholders within Trinity College Dublin (students, staff, faculty) make to encourage a culture of welcome for asylum seekers, rather than one of institutional neglect?
This panel session seeks to develop reflections on the culture of Direct Provision centres, the identity transformation of those living within these centres, and steps the higher education community within Trinity can take to alleviate these pressures.
Tian Yu Lloyd is the Assistant Coordinator of Places of Sanctuary Ireland and the Coordinator of City of Sanctuary Dublin.
Places of Sanctuary Ireland is a network of groups in towns, cities and local communities which share the objectives of promoting the integration, inclusion and welfare of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants, by encouraging every sector of society to make a practical commitment to becoming places of welcome and safety. Tian has a particular interest in promoting dialog among local communities and migrant communities, and support local communities to embed their understanding into action.