Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (280)

Tony McLoughlin

Question:

280. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of deportation orders which have been issued to non-EEA nationals who are here without lawful permission in each of the years 2014 to 2018; the number of non-EEA nationals who have left voluntarily after receiving such an order in the same period; the number of deportations conducted by State agencies in the same period, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29221/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I have been advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the numbers of Deportation Orders made during the years 2014 to 2018 are as set out in the following table.

Year

Deportation Orders made

2014

742 

2015

764

2016

1,196

2017

932

2018 

1,187

Total

4,821

With regard to the number of non-EEA nationals who have left voluntarily after receiving a Deportation Order, a person the subject of a Deportation Order is legally obliged to remove themselves from the state and thereafter remain outside the State. It is the case that in this jurisdiction as in others, significant numbers of people who are the subject of deportation orders leave voluntarily following receipt of the order. As exit checks from the State are not in use, it is not possible to indicate with any degree of precision the numbers who may be in this category but all the available evidence suggests that the number is likely to be considerable.

Enforced removals are only carried out as a last resort and are carried out in conjunction with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).  The following table sets out numbers for the years requested by the Deputy.    

Year

Number of persons deported 

2014

114

2015

251

2016 

428

2017

140

2018

163

Total

1,096