Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Ceisteanna (454)

Mary Lou McDonald

Ceist:

454. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 582 of Tuesday 19 January 2013, if the eight persons purporting to be Syrian nationals provided documentation to support this claim to immigration officers and if this documentation was deemed inauthentic; if any of the eight persons concerned applied for asylum in another EU member state prior to arriving here; and the basis on which their application was refused. [12349/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I am informed that, four (4) of the eight (8) persons referred to in the response to Parliamentary Question No. 582 of 19 February 2013, purporting to be Syrian nationals, presented a travel document to an Immigration Officer in the course of seeking permission to land in the State. Two (2) of the said documents were determined to be bogus; the other two (2) documents were issued by another EU Member State.

The four (4) persons who did not present a travel document to the Immigration Officer to whom they made an application for permission to land in the State, had all travelled from within the common travel area (CTA).

It is understood that inquiries revealed that one of the persons concerned at the time of the refusal of leave to enter the State was in the asylum process of another Member State.

As the Deputy is aware it is the long-standing practice not to comment in detail on individual cases. Therefore I do not propose to make any further comment on the individuals in question.