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

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