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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Any discussion of the findings will help refine the analysis for future work.