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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 16 September 2021

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Questions (263)

Ivana Bacik


263. Deputy Ivana Bacik asked the Minister for Justice if her Department’s scheme to regularise undocumented migrants in Ireland will include persons who have been issued a deportation order; if not, if she will give consideration to such a proposal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44342/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Programme for Government contains a commitment to bring forward a regularisation scheme within 18 months of the formation of the Government, to create new pathways for long-term undocumented people and their dependents with due consideration of Ireland's European Union (EU) and Common Travel Area (CTA) commitments.

Proposals for the draft scheme and the criteria to apply are being developed by my Department in line with this commitment, and informed by research and consultation with key stakeholders and engagement with Government Departments as appropriate.

Following this engagement with stakeholders, my Department is now working to finalise the details for the scheme, including eligibility considerations and qualifying criteria, with a view to bringing a proposal to Government shortly to allow for the launch of the scheme before the end of this year.