Monday, February 9, 2009

Asylum cost to the taxpayer

MORE than €330m has been spent housing asylum seekers at guesthouses, hostels and other accommodation centres in the past five years.

The Reception and Integration Agency has paid an average of €67.5m each year since 2003 housing asylum seekers in what are known as "direct provision" centres.

The accommodation provides food and board to each applicant meaning normal social-welfare payments are not made to individual refugees. However, while the asylum seekers must get by on just €19 a week, the "asylum business" has made millionaires of dozens of property owners.

1 comment:

Hail Ireland ! said...

I like the "the asylum seekers must get by on just €19 a week" part, as if they have to feed, clothe and shelter themselves.