Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Questions (448)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

448. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of applications received during the first call for proposals under the refugee protection programme humanitarian admission programme 2 by nationality of the beneficiaries; the number of applications granted by nationality of the beneficiaries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1190/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Irish Refugee Protection Programme Humanitarian Admission Programme (IHAP), which I announced in May 2018, provides a new humanitarian pathway for eligible family members coming from the world’s top ten major source countries of refugees, as part of the Government's plan to realise the full commitment of 4,000 agreed under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme in September 2015.

The Programme provides for up to 530 vulnerable family members to be admitted under the programme before the end of 2019. The first IHAP window for proposals closed on 30 June 2018.

Of the 908 applications received a significant number from eligible countries were incomplete (694 applications in respect of 1,672 beneficiaries). It is open to these proposers to submit completed applications for subsequent rounds of the scheme. In that regard, I announced the second call for proposals on 20 December 2018 and which is open until 31 January. A further 21 applications were received in respect of non-eligible countries.

The tables below set out the number of completed applications received and granted to date following the first call for proposals. A further 31 proposals received are undergoing final processing and a decision in respect of these applications will issue shortly.

Completed applications and Grants from Eligible Countries

Completed Applications Received

Completed Applications Received

Applications Granted

Applications Granted

Nationality

Proposers

Beneficiaries

Proposers

Beneficiaries

Democratic Republic of Congo

55

95

21

31

Syria

71

181

28

56

Somalia

26

94

5

12

Afghanistan

33

99

11

22

Sudan

21

27

13

15

Eritrea

3

3

3

3

South Sudan

3

9

-

-

Burundi

1

2

1

2

Myanmar

1

1

-

-

Total

214

511

82

141