Statistics

Republic of Ireland

Country Report: Statistics Last updated: 20/04/22

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Overview of statistical practice

Since January 2017, the International Protection Office (IPO) has been responsible for receiving and examining applications. The IPO publishes brief monthly statistical reports on international protection applications.[1]The Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) (formerly Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS)) is part of the Department of Justice and Equality and provides data about asylum and managed migration in Ireland to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. This data is published on the EU open data portal along with data from other European countries.[2]

 

 

 

Applications and granting of protection status at first instance: 2021

  Applicants in 2021 (1) Pending at end 2021 Refugee status (2) Subsidiary protection (2) Humanitarian protection (2) Rejection (2) Refugee rate Sub. Prot. rate Hum. Prot. rate Rejection rate
Total 2,649 5,430 800 70 590 85 51.8% 4.5% 38.2% 5.5%
 

Breakdown by countries of origin of the total numbers

Nigeria 451 911 35 0 115 25 20% 0% 65.7% 14.3%
Georgia 338 606 10 0 30 5 22.2% 0% 66.7% 11.1%
Somalia 334 210 15 0 0 93.3% 6.7% 0% 0%
Afghanistan 202 140 5 0 0 93.3% 3.3% 0% 0%
Zimbabwe 145 413 40 0 95 10 27.6% 0% 65.5% 6.9%

Source: International Protection Office, April 2022; Eurostat.

  • The number includes both first time and subsequent applicants. According to the IPO, first time applicants in 2021 were 2,612; subsequent applicants were 38.
  • These figures refer to Eurostat data. According to the IPO, applicants recognised refugee status in 2021 were 800; 68 were recognised subsidiary protection and 591 humanitarian protection. Only 2 applications were dismissed as inadmissible, while 84 were rejected on the merits.[3]

 

Gender/age breakdown of the total number of applicants: 2021

  Number Percentage
Total number of applicants 2,649
Men 1,706 64.40%
Women 944 35.63%
Children 668 25.21%
Unaccompanied children 53 2%

Source: International Protection Office, April 2022.

 

Comparison between first instance and appeal decision rates: 2021

  First instance Appeal
  Number Percentage Number Percentage
Total number of decisions 1,545 1,052
Positive decisions 1,459 94.4% 351 33.37%
  • Refugee status
800 51.8%
  • Subsidiary protection
68 4.5%
Negative decisions 86 5.5% 669 63.36%

Source: Minister for Justice and Equality Helen McEntee, Response to Parliamentary Question No 589, 8 February 2022, available at: https://bit.ly/3JF3sKZ.

 

 

 

[1]          IPO, Statistics, available at: http://bit.ly/2FlF0Nn.

[2]          ISD, Open Data, available at: https://bit.ly/3atHKHG.

[3]          International Protection Office, April 2022.

Table of contents

  • 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