Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

Joe Sherlock

Question:

15 Mr. Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of applications for asylum received during 2002 and to date in 2003; the number of applications upheld by the Refugee Appeals Commissioner; the number of appeals submitted to the Refugee Appeals Tribunal; the number of such appeals upheld; the number of applications for leave to remain; the number of such applications granted; the number of deportations orders made; the number of such deportations carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17117/03]

The information requested is contained in the following tabular statement, a copy of which is being circulated to Deputies.

Table 1: Number of applications received and the number of recommendations by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner to grant Refugee Status (at first instance) in 2002 and 2003 (31/05/03)

2002

2003 (31/05)

Number of applications received

11,634

4,089

Number of recommendations to grant refugee status issued by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner *

893

156

* It is assumed that the reference in the Deputy's Question to ‘Refugee Appeals Commission' refers to the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner.
Table 2: Number of appeals submitted to the Refugee Appeals Tribunal and the number upheld (at appeal stage) in 2002 and 2003 (31/05/03)

2002

2003 (31/05)

Number of appeals received by Refugee Appeals Tribunal*

5,101

2,048

Number of appeals upheld by the Refugee Appeals Tribunal (granted refugee status)*

1,100

390

*Substantive cases
Table 3: Number of Deportation Orders Signed and Number effected in 2002 and 2003 (13/06/03):

2002

2003 (13/06)

Number of Deportation Orders Signed

2,430

676

Number of Deportation Orders Effected

521

240

Table 4: Number of Applications for Leave to Remain

2002

2003 (31/05)

Number of Applications Received

6,896

1,139

Table 5: Number of Applications granted for Leave to Remain by category

2002

2003 (31/05)

Parentage of Irish Born Child

3,123

172

Marriage to an Irish National

86

39

Dependant of EU Citizen

138

27

Humanitarian Grounds

159

35 (to 13/06)