Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Ceisteanna (141, 142, 143, 144)

Ruth Coppinger

Ceist:

141. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of certificates of naturalisation issued in 2018 to persons who were born here. [2009/19]

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Ruth Coppinger

Ceist:

142. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of applications for naturalisation that have been applied for on behalf of persons under 18 years of age in 2017 and 2018; and the number of these applications that were by persons born here. [2010/19]

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Ruth Coppinger

Ceist:

143. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of certificates of naturalisation that were granted to persons under 18 years of age in 2017 and 2018; and the number of these certificates that were issued to persons born here. [2011/19]

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Ruth Coppinger

Ceist:

144. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of certificates of naturalisation issued in 2017 and 2018. [2012/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 141 to 144, inclusive, together.

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the number of certificates of naturalisation issued in 2017 and 2018 is 8,196 and 8,225 respectively. Of these a total of 1,395 and 1,261 were granted to persons under 18 years of age in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

The number of applications for naturalisation applied for on behalf of persons under 18 years of age for the years in question amount to 1,918 and 1,682 for the years in question. It should be noted that applications received in any particular year does not relate to those granted in that year due to the time taken to process applications.

The following table provides a further breakdown of the basis for naturalisation of those persons under the age of 18 who were granted certificates of naturalisation in 2017 and 2018.

Data in relation to those under 18 who were born in Ireland is not captured in a systematic manner as it is not directly applicable to the consideration of the grant of naturalisation. The criteria for grant of citizenship flows from the qualifying criteria including, in particular, the lawful residence of the parent or guardian of the person under 18, in accordance with the provisions of the citizenship acts.

To compile the information requested by the Deputy would involve a significant amount of staff time which would mean diverting those resources away from processing of cases which is the priority.

Tabulation of the grants relating to 2017 and 2018 – by classification type.

Classification Type

2017

2018

Naturalised Irish Parent

1,269

1,135

Irish Association

25

36

Born in the State post Jan 2005

53

76

Refugee, Parent Naturalised

48

12

Refugee, Irish Association

0

2

Total

1,395

1,261