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Dissertation Proposal for Researching Society

Dissertation Proposal for Researching Society

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An essay for the 2011 Undergraduate Awards Competition by Carina O'Brien. Originally submitted for Researching Society at Trinity College, Dublin, with lecturer Dr. Anne Holohan in the category of Social Studies
An essay for the 2011 Undergraduate Awards Competition by Carina O'Brien. Originally submitted for Researching Society at Trinity College, Dublin, with lecturer Dr. Anne Holohan in the category of Social Studies

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10/27/2013

 
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ACULTY 
 
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2010-11SO3240: R
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Qualitative Research ProposalCarina O’BrienStudent Number; 07828411
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Introduction
 This research dissertation will examine the experiences of asylumseekers and refugees in Ireland living in reception centres receivingdirect provision. ‘At the end of 2008, RIA had 60 accommodationcentres accommodating almost 7,000 asylum seekers and the totalcost of the services provided by RIA was over €91m.’ (Reception andIntegration Agency: May 2010: pp 4) The focus of the research is two fold, one is to glean an honestaccount, to uncover and discuss issues arising for those in thesecentres. The second focus will be to informally evaluate the currentstructures in place so as to help to inform policy formation in this area. The general topic of the research is to find out a true reflection of whatlife is like living in these centres and their quality of life. While life inIreland may be safer and increasingly better from the one left behindin the country from where these people came, is living in receptioncentres the appropriate response or does it create another form of marginalization for people. This study hopes to highlight the truepicture and stories from those who experience it day to day. While theaim of the study is to look at life from within the reception centres andthe effects it has on those in there the objectives of the study will be tocarry out interviews, focus groups and case studies with participants inthe research. This research question is quite broad to begin but throughout the studyand data collection this will guide further inquiry.
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Another aim of the study is to examine whether this form of socialpolicy is the most appropriate response to the issue of asylum seekersin Ireland and maybe used as a base to inform policy. Literatureresearch and interviews with statutory and voluntary agencies workingin this field will be carried out to guide the study.
Initial Literature Review
Initial literature research found very little written from the perspectiveof asylum seekers and refugees living in reception centres in Ireland. Agovernment report by the Reception and Integration Agency entitled‘Value for Money and Policy Review, Asylum Seeker Accommodation’published in May 2010, highlighted a number of issues. The report’s aim was to see if the current system of provision of accommodation to asylum seekers was cost effective, which it deemedit is therefore no change to the system is envisaged. ‘The Reviewfound that the aims and objectives of the accommodation programmerun by RIA remain relevant and continue to warrant the allocation of public funds. The accommodation programme was found to beeffective in that it has provided for the accommodation needs of allasylum seekers that require accommodation and it has dispersedaccommodation centres around the country to ensure, as far aspossible, that the additional demand on local services is not an undueburden in any one location.(Reception and Integration Agency,2010 :pp 4)
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