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European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018

Directive 2013/33/EU lays down standards for the reception of applicants for international protection. Ireland opted in to the Directive on 22nd May 2018 and on foot of this the Minister for Justice and Equality has made the European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018, implementing the Directive in Ireland effective from 30th June 2018.


Broadly speaking the Regulations provide minimum “material reception conditions” (basic housing, food, clothing, and daily allowances) to be provided to a recipient who does not have sufficient means to have a basic standard of living but subject to the proviso that he/she resides in a reception centre or an approved accommodation centre and complies with the house rules of the accommodation centre. In Ireland the reception conditions are provided via the “direct provision” system.

A law centre or member of the solicitors panel providing services in relation to an application for international protection may receive queries in relation to the matters covered in the Regulations. It is generally open to them to provide legal advice in relation to a matter covered by the Regulations, and in line with the further guidance provided below in relation to specific matters. Unless an application is received from an applicant who is not an existing client of the Board, it is not to be regarded as a separate matter and should be dealt with as part of the international protection file.