Asylum Children live in extreme poverty in Ireland

An asylum-seeker pictured in the Globe House reception centre in Sligo. Photograph: Alan Betson/Irish Times

A damning report on the plight of children in the State’s asylum process suggests many families are living in circumstances of extreme poverty in overcrowded accommodation with inadequate food.

The report, published today by the Irish Refugee Council (IRC), paints a grim picture of the State’s system for accommodating asylum seekers, known as direct provision.

It documented frequent instances of malnutrition among children and expectant mothers as well as illnesses related to diet among babies and young children.

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