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|
|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|
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|