Written Answers. - Refugee Status.

Liz McManus

Question:

788 Ms McManus asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of asylum seekers seeking refugee status for each of the years from 1990 to 1998. [1026/99]

Liz McManus

Question:

789 Ms McManus asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of successful applicants granted refugee status for each of the years from 1990 to 1998. [1027/99]

Liz McManus

Question:

790 Ms McManus asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of successful applicants seeking refugee status having been granted this status after initial interview with his Department for each of the years from 1990 to 1998. [1028/99]

Liz McManus

Question:

791 Ms McManus asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of asylum seekers granted refugee status after the appeal stage of the procedure for each of the years from 1990 to 1998. [1029/99]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 788, 789, 790 and 791 together.

The information sought by the Deputy for the years 1992 to 1998 is set out in the tabular statements. There are no records available in my Department to enable me to provide the infor mation sought by the Deputy in Questions Nos. 790 and 791 for the years 1990 and 1991. The information available for the years 1990 and 1991 is as follows.

1990

1991

Number of Applications:

62

31

Number Granted:

1

1

Table 1
Asylum Seekers 1992-1998

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

Number of applications

39

91

362

424

1,179

3,883

4,626

Number of applicants withdrawn before decision

3

52

222

219

547

1,263

396

Number of withdrawn applications re-submitted to the Asylum Process

0

0

0

0

5

21

12

Number of applications transferred under Dublin Convention

0

0

0

0

0

15

15

First Stage

Number recognised as refugees at first stage of determination

7

9

34

90

167

67

9

Number refused at first stage of determination

29

30

106

112

391

434

338

deemed abandoned

1

1

found to be manifestly unfounded

0

0

0

1

11

47

45

of which – returned to first stage determination process following appeal of manifestly unfounded decision

3

5

4

of which – granted temporary leave to remain

(7)

(5)

(66)

(21)

(36)

(0)

(0)

Number of first instance applications outstanding

NIL

NIL

NIL

2

70

2,083

3,838

Appeal Stage

Number of cases appealed

6

21

21

69

299

360

225

Number of man/unfounded

1

4

19

7

Total appealed

6

21

21

70

303

379

232

Number of cases withdrawn before appeal

2

3

6

8

10

12

7

Number of cases granted refugee status following appeal–

1

1

1

5

20

14

2

Number returned to first stage determination process

3

5

4

Number of cases refused following appeal

3

17

14

48

98

27

3

Number of cases upheld as manifestly unfounded

(1)

(1)

(10)

of which–

granted temporary leave to remain following appeal

(2)

(11)

(1)

(1)

(1)

(0)

(0)

Number of appeal cases outstanding

0

0

0

8

171

311

216

–of which manifestly unfounded

(3)

(3)

Total number of cases on hands

0

0

0

10

241

2,394

4,054

6,699

*It should be noted that these decisions refer to the year in which the application was made and not to the year in which decisions were taken.
Table 2
Decisions taken in*

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

Granted refugee status at first stage

4

15

36

209

128

Granted refugee status at appeal stage

0

0

0

4

40

Refused statusof which–

27

43

32

304

1202

granted temporary leave to remain at first instance

(5)

(8)

(6)

(120)

(0)

of which–

were found to be manifestly unfounded

(0)

(0)

(0)

(0)

(104)

were deemed abandoned

(2)

of which – returned to first stage determination process following

(12)

appeal of manifestly unfounded decision

(0)

(0)

(0)

(0)

(21)

granted temporary leave to remain following appeal

Total

31

58

68

517

1,370

*It should be noted that these decisions refer to the year in which the decisions were taken and NOT to the year in which the applications were lodged.