Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

472 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of asylum seekers who have been deported in each of the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28052/01]

I am informed that the total number of asylum seekers deported over the past 12 months amounted to 295 with the monthly breakdown as set out on the following list. In addition, 17 persons left the State over the past 12 months before deportation orders could be enforced.

November 2000

31

December 2000

38

January 2001

19

February 2001

21

March 2001

31

April 2001

18

May 2001

17

June 2001

31

July 2001

26

August 2001

25

September 2001

18

October 2001

20

A further 286 persons voluntarily returned to their country of origin in the past 12 months.