Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Questions (172)

Ciarán Cuffe

Question:

291 Mr. Cuffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of citizenship applications made by refugees or persons with leave to remain status, annually since 2000; the number that have been successful and unsuccessful; and the number of decisions pending as of 31 December 2003. [2367/04]

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

The table below sets out the numbers of naturalisation applications received, certificates issued and applications refused in respect of refugees, including UN Convention refugees and programme refugees, for the years 2000, 2001 and 2002. A total of 3,580 naturalisation applications received in 2003 have not yet been examined. Records are not maintained in such a way that would distinguish persons with leave to remain from other applicants.

Post-nuptial citizenship is predicated on marriage to an Irish citizen and residency in Ireland is not a requirement. Consequently, records are not maintained in such a way which would show the information sought by the Deputy.

Year

No. of applics. Received

Certs. issued

Refused

Decisions pending (at 26/01/04)

2000

273

238

5

30

2001

481

381

32

68

2002

1,366

507

21

838