JRS Ireland accompanies individuals, families and children in their journey through the Irish asylum system. For the majority the journey to get a final determination of their claim for protection from the Irish State will take years. Since 2002 JRS Ireland has been accompanying and serving asylum seekers residing in state provided accommodation, known as Direct Provision centres. Currently, JRS Ireland staff provides outreach and support to residents in 13 Direct Provision centres located in Dublin, Kildare, Portlaoise, Clare and Limerick.
A key aspect of accompaniment is seeking to ensure the dignity of each resident is respected. In particular, JRS gives priority to those whose needs are greatest. Outreach ensures that asylum seekers in Direct Provision centres have somebody to speak to and that their story and needs can be heard.