21. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons living in direct provision who have taken up paid employment since the introduction of the limited right of asylum seekers to work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42342/18]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): On the 30th of June last Minister Flanagan signed Regulations giving effect to the Recast European Communities Regulations 2013. One of the provisions of the Regulations provides for access to the workplace for applicants to the International Protection process in accordance with EU Regulations. When an international protection applicant is employed, the employer is obliged under the Regulations to inform the Minister within 21 days. This is done by way of a standard form made available on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.
Based on the returns received to date I am advised that a total of 330 declaration forms have been returned by permission holders' employers to the Labour Market Access Unit of INIS. Of these 330, 244, or 74%, are in RIA accommodation. As permission holders' employers have 21 days from the time they take up employment to return the declaration form, there is likely to be a lag between the actual date of the take up of employment and INIS being notified of same and this will not be reflected in the figures quoted above.