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Submission to Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality: Examination of Direct Provision and the International Protection Application Process

The Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality (Committee) invited stakeholders and interested parties to make written submissions on Direct Provision and the international protection application process.

Following clarification of the OCO’s complaints remit in 2017, the OCO has been in a position to accept complaints made by or on behalf of children living in Direct Provision since April 2017.2

The main aim of this brief submission is to highlight a range of issues affecting children and young people under 18 living in Direct Provision that have been brought to the OCO’s attention since April 2017.

The issues and concerns outlined in this submission have been raised with the OCO by children and young people living in Direct Provision and/or by their parents/guardians.