Latest figures show that more than 1,500 asylum seekers are living in emergency accommodation, rather than dedicated centres.

This is the highest level to date.

There are 38 direct provision centres located in 18 counties but they are at maximum capacity. 

Statistics from the Department of Justice show there are 5,983 people seeking asylum at those centres.

However, there are another 1,531 asylum seekers living in emergency accommodation.

Of that figure, 290 of them are children.

The figures come as Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan called on protesters in Co Mayo to lift what he called the 'siege' of Achill as protests against direct provision continue in the area.

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*First published on 22 July