The ERSI has published a report that says the housing crisis is contributing to a bottleneck in the application process for Asylum seekers, delaying the first stages of the process between 18-20 months.
Previous waiting times from 2015 showed an average wait of 11 weeks, 16 weeks in 2016.
The report focusses on the lack of housing available in the state as one of the main factors why asylum seekers are unable to leave direct provision centres.
According to the report;
Ireland received an increased number of applications for international protection during recent years. In 2014 there were 1,448 applications. This more than doubled to 3,276 in 2015. In 2016, there were 2,244 applications and in 2017, there were 2,926 applications. The majority of applicants in 2017 were from Syria, followed by Georgia, Albania, Zimbabwe and Pakistan.
Under the ‘burden-sharing’ EU relocation programme, 1,022 people arrived to Ireland from Greece, between January 2016 and March 2018. This figure includes 14 unaccompanied minors and separated children from Syria. By February 2018, 36 unaccompanied minors had arrived in Ireland from Calais under the Calais Special Project.
The report can be found at the ERSI website here