89. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons living in direct provision granted work permits; the number that have joined the workforce; if they have joined the workforce, if they are still living in direct provision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46943/19]
Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): When an international protection applicant is issued with a labour market access permission under the European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018 and takes up employment, the employer (or the applicant in cases of self-employment) is obliged to inform my Department within 21 days. A standard form for this purpose is available on the website of the Immigration Service of my Department.
As of 11 November 2019, a total of 3,414 Labour Market Access Permissions have been granted to international protection applicants. A total of 2,525 of these grants are for persons living in accommodation provided by the International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS) of my Department.
Based on the returned declaration forms received to date, I am informed that a total of 1,693 applicants have commenced employment or self-employment. 1,199 of these refer to persons who stated that they reside in IPAS accommodation centres.
As the employer or applicant has 21 days from the time they take up employment or self-employment to return the declaration form, there is likely to be a time lag between the actual date of commencement of employment and my Department being notified of same, and therefore this will not be reflected in the figures quoted.