Thursday, 8 November 2012

Ceisteanna (89)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

89. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade further to Parliamentary Question No. 154 of 26 June 2012, if he will provide the 2011 figures; and if these figures can be broken down into criminal and immigration related offences. [49297/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

United States of America: In respect of the United States, the following are the relevant statistics based on information made available by the US Department of Homeland Security:

Period

Total

Criminal

Non-criminal

Federal Year 2011

(October 2010 – September 2011)

58

28

30

Source: Department of Homeland Security Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, 2011

Canada:

In respect of Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency has made available the 2011 information as follows:

Period

Total

Criminality

Non-compliance

2011

4

3

1

Source: Canada Border Services Agency

Australia:

The statistics for Australia are below, along with definitions of the various categories. Due to privacy concerns, the Australian authorities do not provide precise breakdown of categories where the numbers involved are below 5.

2011- Irish Returns or Removals

Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR)

Visa Overstayer

10

N/A

<5

Monitored Departure from Community

Other Unauthorised Arrival

14

Visa Overstayer

232

Visa Cancellation

8

N/A

<5

Involuntary Removal from Detention

Visa Overstayer

<5

Voluntary Removal from Detention

Other Unauthorised Arrival

58

Visa Overstayer

17

N/A

<5

Total

347

Source: Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship

The definitions of the categories used by the Australian authorities are:

Assisted Voluntary Return

Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) refers to clients who are returned with IOM assistance via the Community Assistance Support Program (CAS) or Community Status Resolution (CSR) and who depart Australia lawfully.

Monitored Departure

Monitored Departure refers to clients who depart from the community lawfully, usually holding a Bridging visa E.

Involuntary Removal from Detention

Involuntary Removal refers to clients located in Immigration Detention who have no ongoing matters before the department or the courts and who are refusing to depart Australia.

Voluntary Removal from Detention

Voluntary Removal refers to clients in Immigration Detention who request to be removed from Australia by signing a request for removal form and are cooperative with the department to make removal arrangements, including seeking a travel document.