MOVING asylum seekers into the social welfare net would more than double the cost of accommodating them in Ireland each year.
A report into value for money in providing bed and board for would-be refugees found that the so-called "direct provision" system is the cheapest option.
Using this system, asylum seekers are paid a small weekly stipend in welfare payments but have their lodgings and food needs provided for.
The cost of providing accommodation for asylum seekers is now in the order of €91.5m with an average occupancy of 6,857 people.
However, moving those people directly into the social welfare system could end up costing at least €180m, the report found.