Life for an individual with refugee status in Ireland.
Alhaji's application for refugee status was sent to the Department of Justice in 1988. 10 months later his application was accepted. While waiting for his application to be processed he was allowed to claim the minimum allowance of social welfare. After paying rent on a small flat Alhaji existed on £5 a day. Despite wanting to find a job, Alhaji was not entitled to work until his refugee status had been accepted.
Once his application was accepted he received a set of identity papers issued by the Department of Justice. These documents must be renewed annually at the alien section of Garda headquarters. Alhaji is one of just two people that have been granted refugee status in Ireland over the last two years.
This episode of 'Wednesday Report' was broadcast on 6 March 1991. The reporter is Carolyn Fisher.