Asylum Statistics

The trends in asylum applications in Ireland show a rapid increase from the mid-nineties to reach a highpoint of 11,634 in 2002 and then followed by a rapid and steep decline from 2003-2010. Until recently, numbers of new asylum claims had stabilised in the range 60-100 per month, which represented more than a 90% fall since the peak when around 1000 new applications per month were being lodged. 

Table 1:  Asylum Application Statistics
Year 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of Asylum Applications 1,290 956 920 1,444 3,276  2,244
Number granted Refugee Status 132 92 192 133 152  -
Number granted Subsidiary Protection 13 30 20 - 181  -
Number granted Leave to Remain 1,101 564 773 769 1,384  -
Deportation Orders Executed 280 246 210 111 251  428

 The single biggest issue facing asylum seekers in Ireland is the length of time spent awaiting a final determination of their claim.  While significant progress has been made in recent years to address this issue, oustanding backlogs of legacy cases remain.

Table 2:  Length of Time of Direct Provision Residents in Asylum Process at end of 2016 (Based on Entry into RIA Accommodation)
<1 Year 1-2 Years 2-3 Years 3-4 Years 4-5 Years 5-6 Years 6-7 Years 7+ Years
1,704 1,168 538 276 192 141 98 348

In September 2015, the Irish Refugee Protection Programme was established in response to the EU Refugee Crisis and the Irish Government committed to accepting 4,000 persons through relocation and resettlement.

 Table 3:  Irish Refugee Protection Programme Statistics
Number relocated in Ireland at end of 2016 240
Number resettled in Ireland at end of 2016 519

Detention Statistics

Ireland does not have specific detention centres for housing immigration detainees.  However the State does operate a number of penal institutions that are designed as places of detention for such individuals.  These include Cloverhill Prison, Mountjoy Prison, Limerick Prison, Castlerea, Cork Prison and Wheatfield Prison.

Table 1:  Key Detention Statistics
Year 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Immigration Related Committals 423 400 396 407 342

Of the 14,182 persons committed to Irish prisons in 2015, there were;

  • 1,526 EU nationals (exclusing Irish).
  • 149 other European nationals.
  • 268 African nationals.
  • 170 Asian nationals.
  • 46 Central/South American nationals.

Immigration Statistics

A question on nationality has only been asked for the last four Census of Population conducted in 2002, 2006, 2011 and 2016. The results from Census 2016 will be published in April 2017. 

Table 1:  Population by Nationality 2011
Irish Non-Irish UK EU (excluding Irish and UK) Other Europe African Asian American Other
3,927,143 544,357 112,259 274,505 16,307 41,642 65,579 24,884 9,181

 

Table 2:  Non-Irish Population by Sex 2011
Total Persons 544,357
Males 271,864
Females 272,493

 

 

 

 

Table 3:  Population by Religion 2011
Roman Catholic Church of Ireland Muslim Other No Religion
3,831,187 124,445 48,130 196,021 256,830

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