Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (459)

Clare Daly

Question:

459. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide a breakdown of the numbers of persons within direct provision, who made their application for protection more than five years ago, and are respectively awaiting deportation, seeking subsidiary protection or leave to remain, or have a judicial attachment to their application; the number who are children and the options available to persons who have had their application rejected but are stateless or non-returnable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30327/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) of my Department is responsible for the accommodation of asylum seekers in accordance with the Government policy of direct provision and dispersal. It is important to note that RIA itself has no function in determining whether someone should stay or not in its accommodation. Its function is to provide accommodation and related services to those who have sought international protection and who otherwise have no means of supporting themselves.

In essence, RIA accommodates all those who make a claim for international protection and who seek accommodation until such time as they:

(i) leave voluntarily;

(ii) are removed - either by way of deportation or Dublin II transfer;

(iii) are granted refugee status or subsidiary protection;

or

(iv) are granted leave to remain, either through the process set out in the Immigration Act, 1999 or by way of special scheme such as the 2005 IBC scheme.

The following is a breakdown of RIA residents giving details of the numbers of adults and children from the date of their initial asylum application. It is important to note that protection applicants are not required to live in RIA accommodation and in many cases may move in and out of the direct provision system as their circumstances change. Therefore, while the statistics below will show the length of time that has elapsed since those persons who are currently availing of RIA accommodation made their initial application, this does not necessarily mean that they have been residing in RIA accommodation for all of that time.

Number of years from initial application

Adult

Children

Total

0-1 year

286

150

436

1-2 years

211

175

386

2-3 years

243

242

485

3-4 years

350

236

586

4-5 years

464

243

707

5-6 years

495

200

695

6-7 years

361

163

524

7 + years

443

122

565

Total

2853*

1531

4384

*These figures are taken from the AISIP database and are unreconciled with the current daily centre registers.

The other specific details requested are currently being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy directly.