Tuesday 28 January 2020

College hope for asylum seekers

Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan
Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan

Michael Staines

The regulations blocking long-term asylum seekers from accessing free third level education are set to be reviewed "over the coming months".

Asylum seekers in the Direct Provision system are currently ineligible for free college fees while awaiting a decision on their refugee status.

People can spend up to 10 years in the system before receiving any such decision - and although there is an entitlement to free primary and secondary school education, attendance at college requires the payment of full international fees - varying from around €9,000 to €49,000 per year.

A spokeswoman for the 
Department of Education said that Jan O'Sullivan intends to address the issue as part of her new role as Minister for Education.

Ms O'Sullivan will "consult with her Ministerial Colleagues in other Departments" before taking any decision on the matter.

Irish Independent

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