Support for Asylum Seekers in Ireland: 2013 Survey Results

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the SASI Survey 2013 Report (pdf).  We heard from 50 eligible organisations in 11 counties.  Respondents told us about their work, their working relationships and how they are faring in the current recession.  Thank you to all of the organisations that took the time to complete the survey.

Some key findings include:

  • Over half (60%) of responding organisations are based in County Dublin. At the time of the study, 40% of all direct provision residents lived in Munster, while only 24% of respondents are located there.
  • The field is young and changing. Twenty-one (42%) organisations were established after the turn of the millennium. Seven organisations were established in the last three years (2009 – 2012), while participants named six organisations that had closed down in that period.
  • The most common source of funding in the field is state funding (from local, national or EU levels).
  • The effects of the recession described by organisations are varied, but the most commonly cited difficulties are decreased funding and increased workload.
  • Asylum seekers and former asylum seekers are active in the field, especially in volunteer capacities.  Approximately one-fourth (25.38%) of all reported cases of volunteerism in the field are confirmed asylum seekers or former asylum seekers, and 42% of respondents reported the presence of one or more asylum seekers or former asylum seekers on their voluntary board / managing committee.
  • Despite the heavily Dublin-centred distribution of organisations, the field is well connected via collaboration relationships and shared affiliations.

Have a look and feel free to send your thoughts to  Any discussion of the findings will help refine the analysis for future work.

And if your organisation isn’t in the Directory, it’s not to late to sign up.  Just click the “Submit a listing” button on the Directory page or email

2 thoughts on “Support for Asylum Seekers in Ireland: 2013 Survey Results

  1. Ken Mc Cue

    We note, from your study, that Sport and Recreation together make up 28% participation rate.
    In the context of Direct Provision Centres, the demand for these services is very high.
    The need can only be met (to date) by volunteer work carried out, in the main, by Sport Against Racism Ireland.
    Over the years, we have consistently called for the introduction of a sports and recreation strategy to bring us in line with other EU countries. If the Government of Ireland decides to continue with the Direct Provision System beyond 2013, SARI is, once again, in a position to convene a meeting involving government departments and agencies to finally agree on a Sport and Recreation Plan for the sector.
    This is a renewed offer, first tabled in 2002.
    For further information:
    Ken Mc Cue
    Cultural Planner
    International Office
    Sport Against Racism Ireland

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ken,

      Thanks for your comment. I ran a crosstab on the data for sports and recreation for you and got some more exact figures. There are 9 organisations that named both sport and recreation as among their main activities. Then there are 6 organisations which named recreation and 4 that named sport. In total, 19 organisations of the 50 (38%) named either sport or recreation or both as among their main activities.

      Katie Sheehan

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