Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Questions (173)

Ciarán Cuffe

Question:

292 Mr. Cuffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of unaccompanied minors reunified with family members in Ireland; and the procedures in place for those reaching 18 years who are in post-primary education. [2368/04]

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

The provisions of the Child Care Act 1991, to promote the welfare of children who are not receiving adequate care and attention, apply to those minors entering this State unaccompanied.

I have been informed by the health boards and the Eastern Regional Health Authority that the numbers of unaccompanied minors who were referred to them in 2003 were as follows:

Health Board/Authority

Number of Unaccompanied Minors Referred

Number of Unaccompanied Minors Reunited with Family Members

Eastern Regional Health Authority

789 *

439

Midland Health Board

0

0

Mid-Western Health Board

4

1

North Eastern Health Board

0

0

North Western Health Board

2

0

Southern Health Board

33

11

South Eastern Health Board

2

0

Western Health Board

0

0

Totals

830

451

*Of the 789 unaccompanied minors referred to the Eastern Regional Health Authority, 76 were deemed to be inappropriate referrals e.g. person over 18 years of age.