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Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 4

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 373. Aengus Ó Snodaigh Information on Aengus Ó Snodaigh Zoom on Aengus Ó Snodaigh  asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell  the percentages of failed asylum claims by country or origin for each year for the past ten years. [24631/02]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell The information sought by the Deputy, in so far as it is readily available, in respect of the period 1995 to date, is contained in the following tabular statements. No detailed statistics are available for the period 1992 to 1994.

Table 1

% Asylum Applications by Country of Origin refused at First Instance 1996-2000

Country 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Afghanistan 0 0 0 0 0
Albania 0 1 0 0 0

[1132] Country 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Algeria 0 3 7 6 4
America 0 0 0 0 0
Angola 0 5 0 3 2
Armenia 0 0 0 0 0
Azerbaijan 0 1 0 0 0
Bahrain 0 0 0 0 0
Bangladesh 0 0 0 0 0
Belarus 0 0 0 1 1
Belgium 0 0 0 0 0
Belize 0 0 0 0 0
Benin 0 0 0 0 0
Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 1 0 0 0
Brazil 0 0 0 0 0
Bulgaria 1 0 0 1 2
Burkina Faso 0 0 0 0 0
Burundi 0 0 0 0 0
Cambodia 0 0 0 0 0
Cameroon 0 0 0 0 0
Central African Republic 0 0 0 0 0
Chad 0 0 0 0 0
Chechnya 0 0 0 0 0
China 10 0 0 0 0
Colombia 0 0 0 0 0
Congo 0 0 0 1 0
Croatia 0 0 0 0 0
Cuba 0 12 0 0 0
Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 2
DR of Congo/Zaire 1 2 19 7 3
Ecuador 0 0 0 0 0
Egypt 0 0 1 0 0
Eritrea 0 0 0 0 0
Estonia 0 0 0 0 0
Ethiopia 0 0 0 0 0
Gabon 0 0 0 0 0
Gambia 0 1 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0
Germany 0 0 0 0 0
Ghana 0 0 0 0 0
Guatemala 0 0 0 0 0
Guinea 0 0 0 0 0
Hungary 0 0 0 0 0
India 0 0 0 0 0
Indonesia 0 0 0 0 0
Iran 0 1 0 0 0
Iraq 0 1 2 1 1
Israel 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0
Ivory Coast 0 0 0 0 0
Jamaica 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0
Jordan 0 0 0 0 0
Kazakstan 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya 0 2 0 0 0
Kosovo 0 1 2 2 3
Kuwait 0 0 0 0 0
Kyrgyzstan 0 0 0 0 0
Latvia 7 3 0 0 0
Lebanon 3 0 0 0 0
Lesotho 0 0 0 0 0
Liberia 0 0 2 0 0
Libya 0 0 2 3 1
Lithuania 0 0 0 0 1
Macedonia 0 0 0 0 0
Malaysia 0 0 0 0 0
Malawi 0 0 0 0 0
Mali 0 0 0 0 0
Mauritania 0 0 0 0 0
Mauritius 0 0 0 0 0
Moldova 0 0 0 1 4
Mongolia 0 0 0 0 0
Montenegro 0 0 0 0 0
Morocco 0 0 0 0 0
Niger 0 0 0 0 0
Nigeria 0 0 16 29 24
North Korea 0 0 0 0 0

[1133] Country 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Pakistan 0 0 0 1 1
Palestine 0 0 0 0 0
Panama 0 0 0 0 0
Peru 0 0 0 0 0
Philippines 0 0 0 0 0
Poland 0 0 0 1 6
Qatar 0 0 0 0 0
Romania 15 16 25 23 27
Russia 1 5 1 3 2
Rwanda 1 0 0 1 0
Saudi Arabia 0 0 0 0 0
Serbia 0 0 0 0 0
Senegal 0 0 0 0 0
Sierra Leone 1 0 0 2 2
Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0
Somalia 0 1 7 3 2
South Africa 0 0 0 0 1
Spain 0 0 0 0 0
Sri Lanka 0 0 0 0 0

[1134] Country 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Stateless 0 0 0 0 0
Sudan 1 0 0 0 0
Syria 0 0 0 0 0
Tajikistan 0 0 0 1 0
Tanzania 0 0 0 0 0
Thailand 0 0 0 0 0
Togo 0 0 0 0 0
Trinidad 0 0 0 0 0
Tunisia 0 0 0 0 0
Turkey 1 0 0 0 0
Turkmenistan 0 0 0 0 0
Uganda 0 0 0 0 0
Ukraine 1 1 2 1 2
United Kingdom 0 0 0 0 0
Uzbekistan 0 0 0 0 0
Vietnam 0 0 0 0 0
Yemen 0 0 0 0 0
Yugoslavia 0 0 0 0 0
Zambia 0 0 0 0 0
Zimbabwe 0 0 0 0 0

Table 2

% Asylum Applications by Country of Origin refused at Appeal Stage – Substantive Cases 1995-2000

Nationality 1995% Refused 1996% Refused 1997% Refused 1998% Refused 1999% Refused 2000% Refused
Afghanistan 0 0 0 0 0 33
Albania 0 0 0 100 33 50
Algeria 0 0 0 79 53 66
America 0 0 0 0 0 0
Angola 0 0 0 0 74 41
Armenia 0 0 0 100 0 0
Azerbaijan 0 0 0 100 0 0
Bahrain 0 0 0 0 0 100
Bangladesh 0 0 0 0 0 0
Belarus 0 0 0 100 0 47
Belgium 0 0 0 0 0 0
Benin 0 0 0 0 100 0
Bosnia 0 0 0 100 0 100
Brazil 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bulgaria 0 0 0 100 100 100
Burkina Faso 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burundi 0 0 0 0 0 100
Cambodia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cameroon 0 0 0 0 75 100
Central African Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chad 0 0 0 0 0 0
China 0 0 0 67 100 100
Colombia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Congo 0 0 0 0 100 75
Croatia 0 0 0 50 0 0
Cuba 0 0 0 88 100 0
Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0
DR Congo 0 0 0 86 66 58
Ecuador 0 0 0 0 100 0
Egypt 0 0 0 0 0 100
Eritrea 0 0 0 0 0 0
Estonia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ethiopia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gabon 0 0 0 100 0 0
Gambia 0 0 0 100 100 0
Georgia 0 0 0 100 0 0
Ghana 0 0 0 100 100 100
Guinea 0 0 0 0 100 33
Hungary 0 0 0 0 0 100
India 0 0 0 0 100 75
Iran 0 0 0 100 0 0
Iraq 0 0 0 4 25
Israel 0 0 0 0 100 0
Ivory Coast 0 0 0 100 100 100
Jamaica 0 0 0 0 0 0

[1135]

Nationality 1995% Refused 1996% Refused 1997% Refused 1998% Refused 1999% Refused 2000% Refused
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jordan 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kazakhstan 0 0 0 100 0 0
Kenya 0 0 0 0 100 100
Kosovo 0 0 0 50 13 78
Kyrgyzstan 0 0 0 0 0 0
Latvia 0 0 0 100 0 100
Lebanon 0 0 0 100 83 43
Liberia 0 0 0 64 86 0
Libya 0 0 0 100 40 31
Lithuania 0 0 0 0 100 100
Macedonia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Malaysia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mali 0 0 0 0 0 0
Malawi 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mauritania 0 0 0 0 100 0
Moldova 0 0 0 100 100 57
Mongolia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Montenegro 0 0 0 0 0 0
Morocco 0 0 0 100 0 100
Niger 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nigeria 0 0 0 100 94 94
North Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pakistan 0 0 0 0 100 70
Palestine 0 0 0 0 0 0
Panama 0 0 0 0 0 0
Peru 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philippines 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poland 0 0 0 0 0 95
Romania 100 0 0 81 74 94
Russia 0 0 0 100 58 52
Rwanda 0 0 0 100 43 20
Senegal 0 0 0 0 50 0
Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sierra Leone 0 0 0 100 0 83
Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 75
Somalia 0 0 0 77 29 45
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 67
Sri Lanka 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stateless 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sudan 0 0 0 0 0 40
Syria 0 0 0 0 0 67
Tajikistan 0 0 0 0 100 63
Tanzania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thailand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Togo 0 0 0 0 0 100
Tunisia 0 0 0 0 0 67
Turkey 0 0 0 100 0 50
Uganda 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ukraine 0 0 0 100 77 63
United Kingdom 0 0 0 0 0 0
Uzbekistan 0 0 0 0 0 22
Vietnam 0 0 0 100 20 100
Yemen 0 0 0 0 0 50
Yugoslavia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zaire 0 0 0 88 70 53
Zambia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zimbabwe 0 0 0 0 0 0

[1136][1137] Table 3

% Asylum Applications by Country of Origin Refused at Appeal Stage – Manifestly Unfounded Cases 1998-2000

Nationality 1998% Refused 1999% Refused 2000% Refused
Afghanistan 0 0 0
Albania 0 0 100
Algeria 67 100 88
America 0 0 100
Angola 0 0 67
Armenia 0 0 0
Azerbaijan 0 0 0
Bahrain 0 0 0
Bangladesh 0 0 100
Belarus 0 0 67
Belgium 0 0 0
Benin 0 0 0
Bosnia 0 0 0
Brazil 0 0 89
Bulgaria 0 0 0
Burkina Faso 0 0 0
Burundi 0 0 0
Cambodia 0 0 100
Cameroon 0 0 100
Central African
Republic
0 0 0
Chad 0 0 0
China 0 0 0
Colombia 0 0 0
Congo 0 0 0
Croatia 0 0 0
Cuba 100 0 0
Czech Republic 0 0 0
DR Congo 0 0 0
Ecuador 0 0 0
Egypt 0 0 0
Eritrea 0 0 0
Estonia 0 0 0
Ethiopia 0 0 0
Gabon 0 0 100
Gambia 0 0 100
Georgia 0 0 0
Ghana 0 0 100
Guinea 0 0 100
Hungary 0 0 0
India 0 0 0
Iran 0 0 0
Iraq 0 0 100
Israel 0 0 100
Ivory Coast 0 0 0
Jamaica 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 100
Jordan 0 0 60
Kazakhstan 0 0 71
Kenya 0 0 0
Kosovo 0 0 86
Kyrgyzstan 0 0 0
Latvia 0 0 0
Lebanon 0 0 0
Liberia 0 0 100
Libya 0 0 0
Lithuania 0 0 0
Macedonia 0 0 100
Malaysia 0 0 0
Mali 0 0 0
Malawi 0 0 69
Mauritania 0 0 0
Moldova 0 0 0
Mongolia 0 0 0
Montenegro 0 0 0
Morocco 56 100 93
Niger 0 0 0
Nigeria 0 0 100
North Korea 0 100 0
Pakistan 0 0 0
Palestine 0 0 0

[1138] Nationality 1998% Refused 1999% Refused 2000% Refused
Panama 0 0 0
Peru 0 0 95
Philippines 50 75 94
Poland 0 0 94
Romania 0 0 0
Russia 0 0 0
Rwanda 0 0 0
Senegal 0 100 67
Serbia 0 0 100
Sierra Leone 0 0 100
Slovakia 0 0 86
Somalia 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0
Sri Lanka 0 0 0
Stateless 0 0 0
Sudan 0 0 0
Syria 0 0 0
Tajikistan 0 0 0
Tanzania 0 0 0
Thailand 0 0 0
Togo 0 0 0
Tunisia 0 0 50
Turkey 0 0 88
Uganda 0 0 100
Ukraine 0 0 0
United Kingdom 0 0 0
Uzbekistan 0 0 0
Vietnam 0 0 0
Yemen 0 0 0
Yugoslavia 0 0 0
Zaire 0 0 33
Zambia 0 0 0
Zimbabwe 0 0 0

Note: The manifestly unfounded process commenced in 1998.

Table 4

Asylum Applications Refused by Country of Origin (First Instance and Appeals) January-December 2001

Country % Refused
Afghanistan 62.50
Albania 86.49
Algeria 86.76
Angola 50.00
Azerbaijan 0.00
Armenia 66.66
Bangladesh 50.00
Belarus 91.30
Bosnia 100.00
Bulgaria 80.65
Burkina Faso 100.00
Burundi 57.14
Cameroon 53.57
C.A Republic 0.00
Chad 100.00
China 66.66
Congo 50.00
Cuba 100.00
Croatia 21.05
Czech Republic 78.15
DR Congo 59.39
Egypt 87.50
Eritrea 42.86
Estonia 100.00
Gabon 100.00
Ethiopia 75.00
Gambia 87.50
Georgia 73.08
Ghana 82.35
Guinea 66.66

[1139] Country % Refused
Hungary 100.00
Guinea-Bissau 100.00
India 100.00
Iran 36.36
Iraq 35.96
Ivory Coast 85.19
Jordan 100.00
Kzakhastan 31.25
Kenya 83.33
Kuwait 0.00
Kosovo 70.90
Latvia 100.00
Lebanon 100.00
Liberia 88.89
Libya 55.41
Malawi 100.00
Macedona 100.00
Maurtania 100.00
Lithuania 100.00
Moldova 91.11
Montengro 100.00
Morocco 88.89
Niger 100.00
Nigeria 92.94
Palastine 90.91
Pakistan 81.82
Philippines 100.00
Poland 97.81
Romania 96.33
Rwanda 73.33
Russia 79.66
Serbia 50.00
Slovakia 100.00
Sierra Leone 77.45
Somalia 58.96
South Africa 100.00
Sri Lanka 85.71
Sudan 78.05
Syria 40.00
Tajikistan 62.50
Thailand 100.00
Tanzania 36.36
Togo 50.00
Turkmenistan 100.00
Turkey 66.66
Uganda 83.33
Ukraine 85.42
Uzbekistan 100.00
Vietnam 100.00
Yugoslavia 69.23
Zaire 88.89
Zambia 50.00
Zimbabwe 100.00

Table 5

Asylum Applications percentage refusals by Country of Origin January-end October 2002

Country % Refused
Afghanistan 76.1
Albania 71.43
Algeria 80
America 100
Angola 33.33
Azerbaijan 0
Armenia 76.92
Bangladesh 33.33
Belguim 100
Belarus 71.01
Benin 66.66
Bhutan 0

[1140] Country % Refused
Bosnia 50
Brazil 100
Bulgaria 93.55
Burundi 50
Burkina Faso 82.76
Cambodia 100
Burundi 75
Cameroon 59.49
Chad 0
China 75
Columbia 100
Congo 56.41
Croatia 46.3
C.A Republic 0
Cuba 0
Czech Republic 77.07
DR Congo 41.31
Ecuador 100
Egypt 80
Eritrea 66.66
Estonia 100
Gabon 0
Ethiopia 22.22
Gambia 91.3
Georgia 70.37
Ghana 84.48
Guinea 33.33
Guinea-Bissau 0
Hungary 0
India 92.86
Iran 31.25
Iraq 36.25
Israel 100
Ivory Coast 84.48
Jamaica 100
Japan 0
Jordan 33.33
Kzakhastan 68
Kenya 68.57
Kosovo 69.51
Kyrgystan 100
Latvia 87.76
Lebanon 70
Liberia 36.36
Libya 64.79
Lithuania 92.19
Macedonia 100
Malawi 100
Maritus 100
Moldova 85.42
Montengro 0
Mongolia 100
Morocco 100
Mauritania 100
Niger 0
Nigeria 92.2
North Korea 0
Pakistan 64.91
Palestine 0
Peru 100
Philippines 0
Poland 83.54
Romania 91.71
Rwanda 32.35
Russia 71.6
Saudi Arabia 0
Serbia 60.87
Sierra Leone 82.78
Slovakia 62.07
Stateless 86.67
Somalia 50.67
South Africa 91.75
Sri Lanka 90.91
Sudan 55.88
Swaziland 0

[1141] Country % Refused
Syria 33.33
Tajikistan 100
Tanzania 33.33
Thailand 0
Togo 24
Tunisia 100
Turkey 63.64
Uganda 8.33
Ukraine 79.62
Uzbekistan 84.21
Vietnam 0
Yugoslavia 79.17
Zaire 100
Zambia 80
Zimbabwe 25

Note: All negative decisions at appeals stage would have arisen from negative decisions at first instance.

 374. Aengus Ó Snodaigh Information on Aengus Ó Snodaigh Zoom on Aengus Ó Snodaigh  asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell  the number of cases over the past five years in which a private plane has been chartered in order to deport individuals from this State; the reasons a private charter is ordered for deportations; the total number of such private charter deportations which have taken place; and the countries to which private charter deportations have taken place. [24632/02]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell My Department hired three chartered flights in 2002 for the purpose of deporting persons from the State to their countries of origin. The first took place to Algeria in January and the other two to Nigeria in March and November. There were no chartered flights in any previous years. In reply to the remainder of the question, I would refer the Deputy to my oral reply in the Dáil on 27 November 2002, reference. No. 23702, which sets out the reasons why chartered flights were required in these cases.

 375. Aengus Ó Snodaigh Information on Aengus Ó Snodaigh Zoom on Aengus Ó Snodaigh  asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell  if the Government has a mechanism to track the post-deportation outcomes for those individuals who have claimed asylum here and who have subsequently been deported to their home state; if so, the mechanism, or mechanisms in place; if not, his plans to develop such a mechanism; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24633/02]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell The Government has no mechanism to track the post-deportation outcomes for those individuals refused refugee status in the State and who have subsequently been deported to their country of origin. No information is available regarding the circumstances of such persons after their deportation. There are no plans to develop such a mechanism. However careful consideration is given beforehand to each individual case in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration Act, 1999. That Act requires that before I make a deportation order in respect of a person I must consider a range of 11 personal [1142] circumstances, including the age of the person, the duration of their residence in the State, the family and domestic situation, humanitarian considerations and any representations made by the person or on their behalf. Furthermore, section 5 of the Refugee Act, 1996, must be considered in every case. This provides for a prohibition of refoulement where it is considered unsafe to return persons. I have extensive and up to date country of origin information available to me which is consulted in determining the safety of returning individuals.


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