Social distancing a remote prospect in Ireland’s asylum centres

Euronews | Apr 3, 2020 at 7:26 PM
  • The Irish government has warned people to respect social distancing in the wake of the coronavirus crisis – but keeping two metres apart is nigh on impossible for many asylum seekers in the country.
  • Private contractors make money from running the direct provision centres, so they don’t have an incentive to reduce the number of people being cramped into rooms.
  • Clifford claims the state needs to be solely in charge of housing asylum seekers, needs to speed up the application process, and needs to exclude private contractors from the process.