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Deportation Orders

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 19 January 2022

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Questions (1183)

Chris Andrews

Question:

1183. Deputy Chris Andrews asked the Minister for Justice if transfer orders will be enforced during the Covid-19 pandemic other than in circumstances in which there are national security or serious public policy concerns in line with the stance taken with deportation orders in view of the growing concerns over Covid-19 and travel restrictions. [62997/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, the Dublin III Regulation determines which EU Member State is responsible for examining international protection applications of non-EEA nationals. It is based on the principle that the first Member State to facilitate entry into the EU, is responsible for examining an application for international protection.

The objective of the Dublin Regulation is to ensure quick access to asylum procedures. Since March 2020, ten applicants for international protection have been transferred to other EU Member States in order to expedite their application for protection.    

Transfers to other EU Member States, in line with the Dublin III Regulations, continue to operate within the COVID-19 public health guidelines. 

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