Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (472)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Question:

472. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons granted protection or resettled here from the beginning of 2003 until the end of 2012 and for each year; if he will provide a breakdown of positive recommendations and overall decisions from, the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner, the Refugee Appeals Tribunal, Ministerial Decisions Unit, including Subsidiary Protection and Leave to Remain; the number of persons who have been resettled in Ireland on the UNHCR resettlement programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30658/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INS) that the vast majority of the information requested by the Deputy is published in the Annual Reports of the various bodies concerned as well as in the Department’s Annual Reports. For ease of reference the links to the relevant sections of the websites of the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC) and the Refugee Appeals Tribunal as well as links to the Department’s own annual Reports are as follows:

- Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner: http://www.orac.ie/website/orac/oracwebsite.nsf/page/publications-main-en

- Refugee Appeals Tribunal: http://www.refappeal.ie/website/rat/ratweb.nsf/page/about_the_tribunal-en

- Justice Annual Report 2010 http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/DJLR%20Annual%20Report%202010.pdf/Files/DJLR%20Annual%20Report%202010.pdf

- Justice Annual Report 2008 http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Annual%20Report%202008.pdf/Files/Annual%20Report%202008.pdf

Figures for 2012 not already included will be provided in the relevant Annual reports when published. The information requested by the Deputy in respect of the Ministerial Decision Unit has recently been provided in response to PQ 692 of 11 June 2013. It should be noted that the recommendation from the ORAC or RAT is accepted in the vast majority of these cases. However, the figures for any particular year will vary from the ORAC and RAT figures because of timing differences i.e. a recommendation made by ORAC or RAT at the end of the year will be recorded in that year's figures by the ORAC or RAT, while the decision by the Ministerial Decision Unit may not be made until the following year and thus recorded in that year. Information in relation to the number of people who have been resettled in Ireland on the UNHCR resettlement programme is provided in Appendix 1.

The Deputy should note that the processing of cases at the repatriation stage is a complex one with obligations to adhere to both domestic and international laws and jurisprudence, and to make decisions in accordance with the UN Convention on Human Rights. This involves cases finalised through the granting of Subsidiary Protection, the granting of permission to remain under a number of different headings (including under EU Treaty Rights, through marriage to an Irish national or under family reunification provisions), the making of deportation orders and the voluntary repatriation, formally and informally, of many of the persons involved. Other cases cannot be finalised owing to the existence of judicial review proceedings while a further cohort of cases will clearly remain to be decided. Pending the enactment and commencement of the new legislation and with a view to improving processing in the area of international protection, I am proposing to introduce new arrangements for the processing of subsidiary protection applications in light of recent judgments in the Superior Courts. My Department, in consultation with the Attorney General's Office, is developing a new legislative and administrative framework for the processing of current and future subsidiary protection applications. This work is being given high priority and applicants will be advised of the new arrangements as soon as possible.

Appendix 1:

UNHCR Resettlement Programme – Number of Persons

Year

Number of Persons

2003

50

2004

58

2005

115

2006

184

2007

114

2008

101

2009

192

2010

20

2011

45

2012

49

Total

928