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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 7 March 2017

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Questions (358)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

358. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of passport applications received from Irish citizens and those entitled to Irish citizenship based in South African, United Arab Emirates, Australia and Canada in each of the years 2015 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12016/17]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The total number of passport applications received from Irish citizens based in the countries specified are as follows:

Country

2015

2016

2017 (up to 28 February)

South Africa

3374

3396

567

United Arab Emirates

1365

1708

373

Australia

6518

6981

1126

Canada

3096

3497

646

There were significant increases in applications from citizens based in Australia, Canada and in the United Arab Emirates in particular between 2015 and 2016. This undoubtedly reflects the growing popularity of these countries among Irish citizens as places to live and work. The overall increase in passport applications between the two years was over 9%.

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