Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Questions (171)

Ciarán Cuffe

Question:

290 Mr. Cuffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of family reunification applications made by refugees or persons with leave to remain status, annually since 2000; the number who have been successful and unsuccessful; and the number of decisions pending with the ministerial decisions unit at 31 December 2003. [2366/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

A person who has been granted refugee status may apply to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform for permission to be granted to a member of his or her family to enter and reside in the State under section 18 of the Refugee Act 1996 as amended. The numbers of such family reunification applications which have been approved and refused are set out in the table below.

Year

Applications Made

Applications approved

Applications refused

2002

907

352

40

2003

991

270

274

Statistics for 2000 and 2001 are not available. The number of applications from refugees for family reunification pending at 31 December 2003 was 1,088.

A person who has been granted leave to remain in the State has no automatic entitlement to family reunification. Information on the number of applications relating to dependent family members of persons granted leave to remain on the basis of parentage of an Irish born child is set out below.

Year

Applications received

Applications approved

Applications refused

Applications abandoned

2002

88

38

3

4

2003

75

24

4

3