Republic of Ireland

Country Report: Statistics Last updated: 23/04/21


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Overview of statistical practice

Since January 2017, the International Protection Office (IPO) is 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: 2020

  Applicants in 2020 Pending at end 2020 Refugee status Subsidiary protection Hum.


Rejection Inadmiss. Refugee rate Subs. Prot.


Hum. rate Rejection Rate
Total 1, 566 5,279 438 85 200 1,553 18 19.24% 3.73% 8.78% 68.23%

Breakdown by countries of origin of the total numbers


Nigeria 208
Somalia 167
Pakistan 87
South Africa 84
Zimbabwe 82

Source: IPO, April 2021. Rejection of international protection includes refusal of international protection and permission to remain, as well as refusal pursuant to s.37 of the IPA 2015 whereby an applicant withdraws from the International protection process.

Gender/age breakdown of the total number of applicants: 2020

  Number Percentage
Total number of applicants 1,926
Men 992 51.5%
Women 574 29.8%
Children 360 18.69%
Unaccompanied children 30 1.5%

Source: IPO, April 2021.

Comparison between first instance and appeal decision rates: 2020

  First instance Appeal
  Number Percentage Number Percentage
Total number of decisions on merits 2,276 1,083
Decisions granting international protection 723 31.76% 289 26.68%
 Rejection 1,553 68.23% 783 72.29%

Source: IPO, April 2021.



[1]           IPO, Statistics, available at:

[2]           ISD, Open Data, available at:

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