Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (144)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

144. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons in the asylum process that were granted programme refugee status, convention refugee status, subsidiary protection, permission to remain under the International Protection Act 2015 and leave to remain under section B of the Immigration Act 1999 at first instance and final decision stage, respectively to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48063/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I can inform the Deputy that my Department does not grant Programme Refugee Status so I am unable to provide figures on this. Programme Refugees who come to Ireland do so at the invitation of the Irish government. They are interviewed by my officials and undergo security screening through an Garda Síochána prior to their arrival in the State and arrive with status as refugees already granted.

Figures in relation to convention refugee status, subsidiary protection and permission to remain under the International Protection Act 2015 at first instance and final decision stage are set out in the table below. Permissions granted under Section 3 of the Immigration act 1999 do not have first instance decisions just a final decision.

2019 (to the end of October*)

Recommendations to grant Refugee Status

Recommendations to grant Subsidiary Protection

Decisions to grant Permission to Remain under the International protection Act 2015

Decisions to Granted Permission to Remain under the International Protection Act following review

Permissions granted under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999

First Instance

597

117

242

141

Final Decision Stage

657

56

267

* Figures for October are provisional. While the statistics are correct at time of issuing, they may change due to data cleansing. Final decisions made by my Department relate only to decisions made in the year not when the application was made.