Thursday, 30 May 2013

Questions (192)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

192. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the reasons given to the 2,240 persons who were refused entry into the State in 2012; and if he will provide, in tabular form, the nationalities of the various persons who were thus refused. [26294/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The legal provisions governing refusals of permission to land are set-out in Section 4(3) of the Immigration Act, 2004. I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the principle reasons persons are refused permission to land are as follows:

– that there is reason to believe that the person intends to enter the State for purposes other than those expressed by the non-national concerned;

– the person is not in possession of a valid Irish visa and is not exempt from this requirement;

– the person concerned is not in possession of a valid passport or other equivalent document; or

– the person concerned intends to travel (whether immediately or not) to the UK and would not qualify for admission had they come directly to the UK.

The principal nationalities of persons refused permission to land in the State and subsequently removed were Brazil, South Africa, China, Bolivia, and Albania. I might add that in all cases, removals from the State, whether in respect of those who are removed on arrival at ports of entry or those already in the State, are conducted in accordance with the law with removals at the Port of Entry being, essentially, an operational matter for the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

The removal of illegal immigrants from the State is a necessary feature of the enforcement of immigration legislation with the purpose of upholding the integrity of the immigration system. In enforcing the law in this respect, Ireland is no different from other countries who also remove individuals who have no lawful right to remain within their territory.