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Department working to limit use of emergency accommodation as asylum seeker criticises move

Apr 13, 2021 08:49 By News Northern Sound
Department working to limit use of emergency accommodation as asylum seeker criticises move
The M Hotel - formerly Tracey's Hotel
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Tarranna Hoque is unable to finish a training course ahead of finding a job.

The International Protection Service says it is working to limit the use of emergency accommodation, to reduce the likelihood that a person may have to move from one location to another.

This comes after Bangladeshi woman, Tarranna Hoque, who was living in emergency accommodation in Monaghan for over a year was relocated against her wishes.

Tarranna Hoque had been living in The M Hotel, formerly Tracey's, in Carrickmacross.

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She disputed the decision to move her as she was concerned about isolation, health issues and her desire to complete a course with the CMETB and find employment locally. However, on the 6th of April she was transferred to a new centre in Moate, Co Westmeath.

You can listen back to the full with Tarranna interview here.

In a statement to Northern Sound, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth said it does not comment on individual cases.

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But it says that accommodation is made available to all international protection applicants who choose to avail of IPAS accommodation.

It says that due to pressure on the system, some asylum seekers are accommodated in emergency accommodation on a temporary basis and as accommodation becomes available in permanent centres, IPAS seeks to move people from emergency accommodation into the available accommodation at the permanent centre.

The Department says it recognises that any move is difficult for a person and it does listen to the concerns of residents being moved, however, it is not always possible to match every applicant among the 7,000 residents with accommodation that meets every individual's expectations.

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