I can inform the Deputy that a total of 1,226 recommendations made by the International Protection Office (IPO) under the provisions of the International Protection Act 2015 were received by the Ministerial Decisions Unit (MDU) of my Department during 2018.
Of these, 1,226 recommendations for the grant or refusal of international protection status received from the IPO, a total of 1,075 recommendations have had a decision issued by the MDU as of 30 April 2019. Therefore, 151 recommendations issued by the IPO or 12% of the total recommendations received by the MDU have a decision outstanding.
I can also inform the Deputy that of these recommendations received from the IPO, a total of 399 have had a refusal decision issued by the MDU as of 30 April 2019. Therefore, 33% of the recommendations received from the IPO have resulted in a refusal decision from the MDU to date.