Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Questions (277)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

277. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the top three nationalities deported in each of the years 2000 to 2016, inclusive, and to date in 2017; the number of persons who have been refused leave to enter the State in each of the years 2000 to 2016, inclusive, and to date in 2017; and according to nationality the number that were failed asylum applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50312/17]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the information requested by the Deputy is as set out in the tables below.

The statutory criteria which must be considered in relation to a decision to make a deportation order under section 3(6) of the Immigration Act 1999 include national security and public policy, the character and conduct of the person concerned and the common good. In determining whether to make a deportation order, in addition to the factors set out in Section 3(6) of the Immigration Act 1999, I must also consider all relevant constitutional and international human rights arising including those enshrined in the Refugee Convention, the UN Convention Against Torture and the European Charter of Human Rights. The question of not returning a person to a place where certain fundamental rights would be breached (or non refoulement as it is commonly referred to) is fully considered in every case when deciding whether or not to make a deportation order. This involves consideration of whether returning the person would result in the life or freedom of that person being threatened on account of his or her race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, or whether the person would be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

A deportation order requires the person concerned to remove themselves from the State and it is only where they fail to do so that the State is forced to remove them and enforce the rule of law.

It is to be noted that the enforcement of deportation orders is an operational matter for the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).

Table 1:  Individuals deported broken down by top 3 Nationalities from 2000 to 2017 (up to and including 25/11/2017)

 Year

Nationality 1

Nationality 2

Nationality 3

2000

Poland

Romania

Czech   Republic

2001

Romania

Czech   Republic

Poland

2002

Romania

Czech   Republic

Poland

2003

Romania

Czech   Republic

China

2004

Romania

Nigeria

Moldova

2005

Nigeria

Romania

China

2006

Romania  

Nigeria

China

2007

China

Nigeria

Brazil

2008

Nigeria

China

Brazil

2009

Nigeria

South   Africa

Brazil

2010

Nigeria

Georgia

Moldova

2011

Nigeria

South   Africa

Georgia

2012

Nigeria

Pakistan

Georgia

2013

Nigeria

China   (Including Hong Kong)

Mauritius

2014

China   (Including Hong Kong)

Nigeria

Malaysia

2015

Nigeria

China   (Including Hong Kong)

Mauritius

2016

Nigeria

China   (Including Hong Kong)

Ghana

2017   (to date)

China   (Including Hong Kong)

Nigeria

Pakistan

Table 2: The number of persons that have been refused leave to enter the State in each of the years 2002 to 2017 is provided in the following table.

Year  

Number of refused leave to land

2000

5,852

2001

5,388

2002   

4,417

2003   

4,827

2004   

4,477

2005   

4,433

2006   

5,366

2007   

5,854

2008   

5,390

2009   

3,252

2010   

2,941

2011   

2,308

2012   

1,958

2013   

1,844

2014   

2,147

2015   

3,451

2016   

3,951

2017 to 1/9 *

2,578

* The figure for 2017 is provisional and subject to change. 

Table 3: Number of individuals who claimed asylum who were then deported broken down by top 3 Nationalities from 2000 to 2017 (up to and including 25/11/2017) 

 Year

Nationality 1

Number

Nationality 2

Number

Nationality 3

Number

2000

Poland

57

Romania

55

Czech   Republic

30

2001

Romania

106

Czech Republic

60

Poland

44

2002

Romania

103

Czech Republic

62

Poland

57

2003

Romania

148

Czech   Republic

66

Poland

35

2004

Romania

226

Nigeria

73

Moldova

53

2005

Nigeria

130

Romania

113

Croatia

17

2006

Romania

93

Nigeria

78

Moldova

18

2007

China

35

Nigeria

33

Moldova

11

2008

Nigeria

81

China

13

Moldova

6

2009

Nigeria

213

Georgia

13

South   Africa

9

2010

Nigeria

195

Georgia

43

Moldova

9

2011

Nigeria

119

Georgia

18

Moldova

17

2012

Nigeria

77

Pakistan

35

Georgia

27

2013

Nigeria

51

Albania

15

Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The

10

2014

Nigeria

20

China (Including Hong Kong)

12

Somalia

6

2015

Nigeria

107

China   (Including Hong Kong)

15

Congo,   The Democratic Republic Of The

8

2016

Nigeria

173

China (Including Hong Kong)

56

Ghana

16

2017

China (Including Hong Kong)

96

Nigeria

27

Pakistan

15

Question No. 278 answered with Question No. 255.