Invisible Children Installation in Mary Immaculate College
As part of an on-going public awareness campaign, in conjunction with the Irish Refugee Council, Doras Luimní are currently exhibiting their ‘Invisible Children Installation’ in the College (MIC), Limerick in an effort to highlight the physical, social and psychological impact on children of growing up in asylum seekers accommodation.
This installation replicates a typical family room in asylum seeker accommodation in order to demonstrate the reality of living in direct provision. There are currently approximately 5,000 asylum seekers living in direct provision in Ireland, with 408 in the Limerick area. Of these, approximately 50 are children. With the length of time in the asylum process ranging from less than a year to more than seven years, these children spend a significant proportion of their childhood in direct provision accommodation.
For more information on the impacts of growing up in direct provision centres please see the following report from the Irish Refugee Council – State Sanctioned Child Poverty and Exclusion: The case of children in state accommodation for asylum seekers.
Deirdre O’Rourke DICE Lecturer Mary Immaculate College