An organisation representing asylum seekers is calling for the immediate abolition of direct provision and for people seeking asylum in Ireland to have the same access to housing supports as everyone else.

The Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, which was set up five years ago, is holding its first national conference in Liberty Hall in Dublin.

Spokesperson Lucky Khambule said MASI wants an immediate and unrestricted right to work for all people seeking asylum, along with full access to training and education.

He added that when direct provision was first introduced in 1999, it was a temporary measure intended to last just six months, and now 20 years later many people are stuck in the system for five to ten years.

Watch: Asylum and Direct Provision explained

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