Is Ireland’s immigration and asylum regime close to breaking point?

The Government this week moved to tighten the rules

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The welcome room at the new processing facility for Ukrainian refugees which has been set up at the Old Central Terminal building at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

The Government this week moved swiftly to tighten Ireland’s immigration and asylum regime, when it revoked automatic permission to enter Ireland for people granted asylum in other European countries.

It comes as the state’s facilities and processes struggle to deal with the number of people arriving each week from Ukraine and other countries.

Will the change in policy make a difference to a system that is in danger of toppling over? And, is it a sign of a greater shake-up to come?

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Jennifer Ryan

Jennifer Ryan is a former audio producer at The Irish Times