Statistics

Republic of Ireland

Author

Irish Refugee Council

Overview of statistical practice

The Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC) published monthly statistical reports with basic information on asylum applications and decisions. Since January 2017, the International Protection Office (IPO) is responsible for receiving and examining applications.

Applications and granting of protection status at first instance: 2016














 

Applicants in 2016

Pending applications in 2016

Refugee status

Subsidiary protection

Rejection

Refugee rate

Subs. Prot. rate

Rejection rate

Total

2,245

4,055

445

50

1,645

20.8%

2.3%

76.9%

 

Breakdown by countries of origin of the total numbers

 

Syria

245

135

150

0

0

100%

0%

0%

Pakistan

235

760

5

5

450

1.1%

1.1%

97.8%

Albania

220

385

5

0

165

2.9%

0%

97.1%

Zimbabwe

190

335

25

10

110

17.2%

6.9%

75.9%

Nigeria

175

415

0

5

165

0%

2.9%

97.1%

Afghanistan

120

115

35

5

45

41.2%

5.9%

52.9%

South Africa

95

170

0

0

70

0%

0%

100%

Iraq

100

80

35

0

5

87.5%

0%

12.5%

Libya

70

45

55

0

5

91.6%

0%

8.4%

DRC

65

175

10

0

50

16.7%

0%

83.3%

Source: Eurostat (rounded).

Gender/age breakdown of the total number of applicants: 2016







 

Number

Percentage

Total number of applicants

2,245

100%

Men

1,390

61.9%

Women

855

38.1%

Children

720

32.1%

Unaccompanied children

:

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Source: Eurostat (rounded).

Comparison between first instance and appeal decision rates: 2016

According to the INIS 2016 Immigration in Ireland Annual Review, 2,244 asylum applications were received in 2016 as compared to 3,276 in 2015 equating to a 32 % decrease. The report stated that the decrease is due, almost exclusively, to the reduction in applications from Pakistan and Bangladesh, with many such applicants showing previous immigration history in the UK. The top five countries of application in 2016 were Syria, Pakistan, Albania, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.1

  • 1. Department of Justice and Equality, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, Immigration in Ireland: Annual Review 2016, available at: http://bit.ly/2lx8fT5.

About AIDA

The Asylum Information Database (AIDA) is a database managed by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), containing information on asylum procedures, reception conditions, detenti