Differential treatment of specific nationalities in the procedure

Republic of Ireland

Country Report: Differential treatment of specific nationalities in the procedure Last updated: 20/04/22


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Legislation in Ireland does not single out any particular nationality as manifestly well-founded in the context of the regular procedure. However, with respect to the scheduling of substantive interviews of applicants, the IPO may prioritise cases of certain nationalities on the basis of ‘the likelihood that applications are well-founded due to the country of origin or habitual residence of applicants.’[1] The Department of Justice has specified that applications from persons from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Libya, Eritrea and Somalia may be prioritised on the basis ‘of country of origin information, protection determination rates in EU member states and UNHCR position papers indicating the likely well foundedness of applications from such countries.’[2]

Protection applicants who arrived through the EU relocation scheme in 2016 and 2017, predominantly Syrian nationals, had to complete the application questionnaire but were subject to an expedited procedure and usually received a decision within three months of arrival in the State. At the beginning of the relocation process some were subject to a personal interview but latterly they were not.


[1]IPO and UNHCR, ‘Prioritisation of Applications for International Protection under the International Protection Act 2015’, 27 February 2017, available at: http://bit.ly/2m1Plbi.



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  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation