About 3,000 asylum seekers to have right to work

Employed people will be expected to make contribution to direct provision centre

Gaby Patino and Max have lived in a direct provision centre with her boyfriend in Cork for nearly two years. File photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Gaby Patino and Max have lived in a direct provision centre with her boyfriend in Cork for nearly two years. File photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Asylum seekers who secure work following the lifting of a ban on their gaining employment will be asked to pay a contribution towards their accommodation in the direct provision system, the Department of Justice has said.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan yesterday confirmed the ban had been removed for those who have been in the State for nine months or more and have not had a first decision made on their refugee status.

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