Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Ceisteanna (679)

Seán Haughey

Ceist:

679. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice the number of persons deported from the State in each of the past five years; the nationality of those deported; the number of applicants granted leave to remain on humanitarian grounds in each of these past five years; the nationalities of those granted leave to remain; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25446/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The figures sought by the Deputy for the full years 2015 to 2019 inclusive are set out in the table below.

-Year

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Total

Deportation Orders effected

251

428

140

163

298

1,280

Discretionary permission to remain granted

1338

573

239

430

310

2,890

In terms of the persons recorded as having been deported in that five year period, the top five nationalities involved were Nigeria, China, Pakistan, Albania and Brazil. Many more persons with a Deportation Order will have left the State on foot of their Order during the period in question but, without a system of exit checks, their departures will not have been formally recorded.

In terms of the persons recorded as having been granted discretionary permission to remain in the State in the same period, following the consideration of their cases under either section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) or section 49 of the International Protection Act 2015, the figures reflected in the table includes all discretionary permission to remain decisions made in that period including those granted on humanitarian grounds.

In terms of the persons recorded as having been granted discretionary permission to remain in the State in that five year period, the top five nationalities were Nigeria, Pakistan, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe.