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Refugee tents in DUBLIN

The newest refugee camp starts with a row of tents on the pavement at Mount Street and curves round an alleyway into a car park – about 60 tents in total in the heart of Dublin’s business district.

It began with a single tent in March outside the government’s International Protection Office (IPO) and grew week by week until forming this ragged, striking spectacle. The tents are a riot of colours. Some are new and taut, others torn and saggy. They huddle close to each other.

“There is power in numbers. It’s better to be with a lot of people,” said Lourens van den Burg, 36, an asylum applicant from South Africa. “You don’t want to be out camping on your.own"