Ireland's direct provision system will end in 2024, after being in operation for over 20 years.
It comes the first residents of Letterkenny's Direct Provision Centre are due to arrive in the days ahead.
In a new report, the Department of Equality says all existing centres will close on a phased basis over the next four years.
Under a new system, asylum-seekers will stay in a reception centre for less than four months, before getting their own housing.
Minister for Equality, Roderic O'Gorman, says the new arrangement will be fully operational by December 2024.