Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (37)

Seán Ryan

Question:

34 Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of applications for asylum received during 2002, 2003 and to date in 2004; the number of applications upheld by the Refugee Appeals Commission; the number of appeals submitted to the Refugee Appeals Tribunal and the number of such appeals upheld; the number of applications for leave to remain and the number of such applications granted; the number of deportation orders made and the number of such deportations carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6253/04]

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

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

Table 1: Number of asylum applications received and the number of recommendations by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner to grant Refugee Status (at first instance) in 2002, 2003 and 2004*.

2002

2003

2004*

No. of applications received

11,634

7,900

392

No. of recommendations to grant refugee status

893

345

44

* as at 31/01/04

**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, 2003 and 2004*.

2002

2003

2004*

No. of appeals received

5,159

4,730

205

No. of appeals upheld (granted refugee status)**

1,099

825

70

*as at 31/01/04

**Substantive cases

Table 3: Number of Deportation Orders Signed and Number Effected in 2002, 2003 and 2004*.

2002

2003

2004*

No. of Deportation Orders signed

2,430

2,411

131

No. of Deportation Orders effected

521

590

38

* as at 31/01/04

Table 4: Number of Applications for Leave to Remain received from current or former asylum applicants

2002

2003

2004*

No. of applications received

6,887

1,272

45

*as at 31/01/04

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

2002

2003

2004*

Parentage of Irish Born Child

3,113

172

0

Marriage to an Irish National

86

132

3

Dependant of EU Citizen

138

77

6

Humanitarian Grounds

159

83

0

*as at 31/01/04