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Urban studies (Planning and development)

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Many migrants come to Ireland to make a new home for themselves and their families, and this can be a positive experience for both the migrants and Irish communities. The current financial crisis means that many people are now finding it difficult to meet even their most basic needs, such as housing and food, and are living in severe destitution – some migrants are among this vulnerable group. The difficulty for some migrants to return to their country of origin, despite this destitution, is important to understand. Focus Ireland and the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) have jointly commissioned this important piece of research to document the homeless experiences of a small number of EU and non-EU migrants that are sleeping rough and accessing homeless accommodation and day services in Dublin. This study provides an insight into the personal stories and experiences of fifteen migrants experiencing homelessness, and identifies the barriers and blockages they face in accessing services, social welfare payments and accommodation.