Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Ceisteanna (276)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Ceist:

276. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of deportation orders which have been signed in each of the years 2000 to 2016, inclusive, and to date in 2017, on a yearly basis; the number of deportations that have been effected on a yearly basis in each of the years 2000 to 2016, inclusive, and to date in 2017; the cost for same for the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50311/17]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the figures requested by the Deputy are as set out in the tables below.

The statutory criteria which must be considered in relation to a decision to make a deportation order under section 3(6) of the Immigration Act 1999 include national security and public policy, the character and conduct of the person concerned and the common good. In determining whether to make a deportation order, in addition to the factors set out in Section 3(6) of the Immigration Act 1999, all relevant constitutional and international human rights arising including those enshrined in the Refugee Convention, the UN Convention Against Torture and the European Charter of Human Rights must be considered. The question of not returning a person to a place where certain fundamental rights would be breached (or non refoulement as it is commonly referred to) is also fully considered in every case when deciding whether or not to make a deportation order. This involves consideration of whether returning the person would result in the life or freedom of that person being threatened on account of his or her race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, or whether the person would be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

A deportation order requires the person concerned to remove themselves from the State and it is only where they fail to do so that the State is forced to remove them and enforce the rule of law. The enforcement of deportation orders is an operational matter for the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). The costs for effecting deportations for the period requested by the Deputy of almost 18 years is in the order of €16.2m.   

Deportation orders signed by Year 2000 to date (Up to and including 23/11/2017)

Year

Deportations   Signed

2000

767

2001

1,690

2002

2,052

2003

2,093

2004

2,641

2005

1,723

2006

1,406

2007

373

2008

705

2009

1,012

2010

1,027

2011

1,361

2012

1,624

2013

1,776

2014

732

2015

760

2016

1,191

2017

829

Total

23,762

Deportations Effected by year 2000 - 2017 (up to and including 23/11/2017).

Year

Deportations effected

2000

177

2001

311

2002

410

2003

522

2004

554

2005

386

2006

293

2007

140

2008

160

2009

336

2010

341

2011

279

2012

302

2013

209

2014

114

2015

251

2016

428

2017

129

Total

5,342