- 13.2%: Percentage of the Irish population who described themselves as having been born abroad in the 2011 census
- 19.2%: percentage of total population living in Ireland from a non-Irish background in 2011 (Average of three models. The models assume there are no persons with mixed background)
-Figures taken from eurostat: Fewer older and multicultural? Projections of the EU populations by foreign/national background
40.8%: Projected share of total population with a foreign background in total Irish population by 2061 (Average of three models. The models assume there are no persons with mixed background)
-Figures taken from eurostat: Fewer older and multicultural? Projections of the EU populations by foreign/national background
- 23.5%: Percentage of 15-39 year olds living in Ireland from a non-Irish background in 2011 (Average of three models. The models assume there are no persons with mixed background)
-Figures taken from eurostat: Fewer older and multicultural? Projections of the EU populations by foreign/national background
45.1%: Projected share of 15-39 year olds with a foreign background in total Irish population by 2061 (Average of three models. The models assume there are no persons with mixed background)
-Figures taken from eurostat: Fewer older and multicultural? Projections of the EU populations by foreign/national background
- 58%: Percentage of households of foreign origin which are on Local Authority waiting lists for social housing in 2011 in North Dublin
-Figures taken from environ.ie
44%: Percentage of households of foreign origin which are on Local Authority waiting lists for social housing in 2011 in South Dublin
-Figures taken from environ.ie
37%: Percentage of households of foreign origin which are on Local Authority waiting lists for social housing in 2011 in Galway
-Figures taken from environ.ie
42%: Percentage of households of foreign origin which are on Local Authority waiting lists for social housing in 2011 in Ennis
-Figures taken from environ.ie
- In 2011, 50.5% of those on housing list in north Dublin were non-Irish nationals (4,108 of the 8,144 applications).
29% were of non-EU nationality (2,362 of the 8,144 applications).
The number on Fingal's housing list was up 22pc on the 6,691 the year before.
- Non-EU citizens aged 20-64 were in 2013 twice as likely (21.3%) to be unemployed in one of the EU's 28 member states compared to "nationals" (10.0%), new data from the EU's statistics office Eurostat shows.
- In Ireland the unemployment rate for Irish nationals aged 20-64 was 76.2%. For non-EU citizens, it was 63%. For citizens of other EU member states, the figure was 78.8%.
- 16: The number of English language colleges closed between April 2014 and May 2015
Thirteenth English language school closes.
12 more English language schools could close.
Language school reforms to eliminate ‘visa factories’.
Tighter regime for issuing of student visas announced.
- For the period January to end November 2014 almost 49,500 persons were given permission to be in the State as students. This compares with 45,800 for the same period in 2013.
- 10,000: The number of people working in Ireland illegally on bogus foreign student visas in 2010
- 20,000 to 26,000: The estimated number of undocumented migrants living and working in Ireland in 2015.
5000: The estimated number of children these undocumented migrants have in Ireland with them.
- 56,000: The number of people who moved to the Ireland between April 2012 and April 2013
15,700 were Irish people returning, alongside 4,900 from the UK.
35,300 were non Irish.
7,400 came from western Europe
10,900 arrived from eastern Europe, as well as Cyprus and Malta.
17,000 new immigrants were from the rest of the world.
89,000: The number of people who left Ireland between April 2012 and April 2013
50,900 were Irish citizens.
38100 were non-Irish.
- 18: The number of citizenship ceremonies in 2014.
- 59,000: The total number of people who have been granted Irish citizenship at a citizenship ceremony since their introduction in June 2011.
- 54,700: The number of non-European economic Association adults who acquired Irish citizenship between 2005 and 2012.
20,200: The number who became Irish citizens in 2012.
- For the period January to end November 2014 almost 49,500 persons were given permission to be in the State as students. This compares with 45,800 for the same period in 2013.
- 95,000: The estimate number of non-EEA nationals given permission to remain in the State in 2014 compared to 107,000 at the end of 2013.
The current top 6 registered nationalities which account for over 50% of all persons registered are Brazil (12%), India (11%), China (9%), USA (7%), Nigeria (6%), and Philippines (5%). The majority of persons with permission to remain in the State are here for work or study purposes.
- 172,000: The approximate number of new applications (i.e. visa, residence, protection and citizenship) which were received by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service in 2014.
Decisions were issued in almost 179,000 cases (a proportion of decisions issued relate to application submitted in previous years); and 92,000 new or renewed registrations of permission to remain in the State were issued by the Garda National Immigration Bureau.
- One in four: The number of children in Ireland who are born to a non-Irish mother
- 876,650: Number of non-EU citizens who acquired EU citizenship in 2013. 985,000 people acquired citizenship of an EU member-state in 2013. 89% of those were citizens of non-EU countries.
- 1,900: Number of applications made in 2010 by non-EU nationals for residence based on marriage to an EU national in Ireland under EU Treaty Rights. The numbers involved were almost equal to our asylum application numbers.
The largest non-EU nationality group making such applications were from Pakistan which accounted for nearly 20% of all EUTR applications.
Two-thirds of these Pakistani applications involved an EU partner from the Baltic States.
- Luxembourg: The only EU country which grants more citizenship to foreign nationals relative to its population than Ireland
- 28,000 higher: Polish ambassador to Ireland Marcin Nawrot says the census may not fully reflect the number of Polish people living here (122,585 according to the 2011 census), which the embassy estimates to be about 28,000 higher than reflected in the census.(from 2012)
- Countries ranked by number of ISIS fighters per overall Muslim Population. Ireland ranks second highest.
- The population of the State in April 2011 was 4,525,281.
Of these, 544,357 were non-Irish (12%)
157,593 were third-country nationals (TCNs - non Europeans) amounting to and 3.5% of the population of the State.
An estimate by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) for April 2015 indicates that TCNs constituted 33.5% of the non-Irish population and 4.2% of the population of the State.
In Q2, 2015, the CSO estimates there were 162,900 TCNs aged 15 years and over in the State.
Of these, 94,000 were in the labour force of which 82,900 were employed.
- figures taken from NATIONAL PROGRAMME AMIF(as officially adopted by the Commission on 21st March 2016)
- Stats from a David Quinn Independent.ie article - screenshot here | Archive here
- In 2015, 17% of people living in Ireland were "foreign-born".
- In Britain, the equivalent percentage is 13%.
- Aside from tiny Cyprus and Luxembourg, no country in the EU has a higher percentage of migrants from other EU countries (10%).
- 35% of rent supplement is paid out to non-Irish EU nationals and non-EU nationals as of February, 2015.
- This means immigrants are over-represented in the figures by two to one.
- The Percentage of Fingal County social housing stock occupied by non-EU nationals is 12.75%
- Percentage of Fingal County social housing stock occupied by non-Irish EU nationals: 2.25%
- The Percentage of people on the social housing list in Fingal who are Irish citizens (some might be naturalised immigrants) is 61%
- The Percentage of people on the social housing list in Fingal who are citizens of other countries is 39%, with 16% from outside the EU.
- The percentage of non-Irish people who are in the private rental sector, as distinct from being homeowners is 70%.
- Between 2012 and 2014, "the proportion of residents born in other EU member states decreased by one percentage point from 11% to 10%".
- Over the same period the proportion of residents from non-EU member states has almost doubled from 4% of the population to 7%.
- The employment rate for Africans in Ireland is 40%
- Chinese leading way with 500pc surge in demand for immigrant investor visas
- Immigrant parent families make up 26.4% of child protection cases, says report
- In a period of six months there were 55,411 PPS numbers issued to "Foreign Nationals" in 2017
- Over 107,000 foreign nationals were given a PPS Number in 2016
- Over 779,000 passports were issued in 2017, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs' (DFA) annual report.
- Approximately 70% of the people in Adamstown are born to non Irish parents, mostly Indian, Pakistani, African, Filipino and Eastern European.
- Commission figures covering the period between 2008-16 show that 28,000 people were refused entry to Ireland, 24,000 people were deemed illegally present, 13,000 people were ordered to leave, and a further 6,000 people were deported or assisted to return to their home country.
- Irish jails home to prisoners of 66 nationalities
- “We want the best talent we can get to join the IPS. We would love to see more ethnic minorities putting themselves forward because we need them. The prison population is completely different to what it was about 30 years ago.” -Communications officer for the IPS, Ciaron McCauley
- In 2008, 70% of prisoners were Irish citizens. In 2014 83% were Irish citizens. Current rates are likely masked by increase levels of citizenship given to migrants. In 2008, Africans who were less than 1% of the pop were 6.9% of prisoners.
- 8,015: The number of interpreters required in Irish courts in 2015
- There are about 90 different first languages spoken by pupils in Northern Ireland's schools. There are 14,400 pupils recorded as 'non-white' in 2017-18, compared to fewer than 10,000 five years ago. That equates to more than 4% of the overall school population of 330,000 pupils. There has also been a significant increase in the number of so-called newcomer pupils - those who enrol in local schools but do not have English or Irish as a first language. In 2017-18 there are 15,200 newcomer pupils in local schools, up from fewer than 10,000 five years ago. The DE statistics show that Polish and Lithuanian are the most common languages spoken behind English and Irish. Almost 6,200 pupils were enrolled in Irish medium education in 2017-18, a rise of some 1,500 pupils since 2012-13.
- One school called St Mary's in north inner city Dublin has thirty nationalities and 90% of students have a migrant background. An average of three school children in every class in Ireland don't speak English or Irish at home
- 22% of students in west Dublin school do not use English as a first language
- 14.1% of under 18s in Ireland do not speak Irish or English at home
- Metro Éireann, reported in January 2018 that the Department of Justice is paying for a scheme that will fast track migrants into Irish teaching jobs, where they will be exempt from having to know any Irish, or have any knowledge of Irish history and culture. 150 migrants have already started on the scheme since it was announced in November 2017.
- Ireland has paid out almost €40m in child welfare benefits to families living in other European Union countries over the past three years (preceeding March, 2017).
The vast majority was paid to the families of more than 4,500 children living in Poland who are entitled to €140 a month per child from the Irish government.
The highest rate of child welfare in Poland is €30 and, unlike in Ireland, families are means tested.
The second highest amount of Irish child welfare goes to the UK where the families of more than 1,848 children receive benefits from the Government every month.
The third highest amount is paid to the families of 482 children in Lithuania, where the top rate of child benefit paid to parents living in the country is €34. The lowest rate is €11.38.
Ireland also pays €140 a month for 332 children in Romania where the local rate is €19. Some 182 children in Latvia receive the Irish child benefit rate - the top local payment is €34.14.
In total, Ireland pays benefits to the families of 7,938 children living in other EU countries. The total cost has increased from €11.85m in 2014 to €13.27m last year.
- Ballyhaunis in Mayo is the town with the fewest Irish people in Ireland.
CSO figures from 2012 show that ‘white Irish’ people account for 40 percent of the town’s population, while the local national school, Scoil Íosa, has 28 percent ‘white Irish’ pupils among their roll of 322 children.
“There is a feeling that as a town Ballyhaunis has absorbed more than its share,” Fr Farragher told The Mayo News.
There are over 200 asylum seekers in the Direct Provision Centre in the old convent in the town, whilst Ballyhaunis also has large Asian and Eastern European communities.
“The indigenous population is coming close to being the minority and the social cohesion of the town is under threat,” added Ms Donnelly, who argued that migrants ‘don’t take as active a part in the social economy of the town’ as the traditional community.
There are also issues with language resources in the local schools, with principals of the national and secondary schools in the town expressing concern over the lack of sufficient State supports they receive for teaching many new arrivals who have little or no English when they start school in the town.
From a report titled: ‘Social cohesion’ of Ballyhaunis ‘under threat’
- In 2017, it was reported the Ballyhaunis' former convent now housed 300 asylum seekers.
The majority of local children speak neither English nor Irish at home.
Two thirds of the children in the local primary school do not speak English as their native language.
- Breaking News called Ballyhaunis 'The most cosmopolitan town in Ireland' because it had so few Irish people
- 1,100 Muslims live in Longford and a Judge ordered a mediator to be appointed as a result of a brawl inside the mosque over who should be the Imam.
https://www.rte.ie/news/2016/0929/820158-longford-muslim-dispute/ -RTÉ had scant details. Link above is a screenshot of the Longford Leader.
http://archive.is/DEJ1L -The Irish Times report
- The number of citizens from non-EU countries legally living here at the end of 2016 rose to approximately 115,000
10,044 citizenship certificates were issued in 2016. The top 5 nationalities awarded citizenship were Poland (1,328), India (1,028), Nigeria (777), Romania (756) and Philippines (730).
- 3,951 non EU nationals were refused entry into the State in 2016.
428 failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants were deported from the State
67 EU nationals were returned to their countries of origin on foot of an EU Removal Order
42 asylum seekers were transferred under the Dublin Regulation to the EU member state in which they first applied for asylum.
- Migrant European Union workers have boosted the public finances in most countries in Europe, chief among them Switzerland, Cyprus, Norway and Belgium, according to an University of Uppsala study in 2018. The University of Uppsala report showed 21 of 29 countries studied got a fiscal boost from EU migration while seven Eastern European nations and Ireland lost out slightly because EU migrants in those countries tended to be older or lower paid.
- A report into identity fraud, obtained by The Irish Times under the Freedom of Information Act, found there was an organised network which involved "huge trade" in genuine documents, such as P45s, tax credit certs and social services cards, in order to obtain PPS numbers.
The Southern Region ID Project report, completed at the end of 2004, warns: "Many other cases of ID fraud have been encountered and will continue. The influx of new immigrants from the new EU members states has brought new problems and there is a need for constant updates . . . As a department our first line of defence in this area is at the PPS No. issue stage."
In 2000 a report suggested the State was losing between €25 million and €50 million as a result of such identity fraud. In a statement to this newspaper.
In 2002, the department's Client Identity Service Control, which monitors identity fraud issues, examined 635 cases of suspected fraud, 204 of which were found fraudulent.
These fraud cases resulted in 12 arrests.
In 2005, the same section investigated 1,393 cases of suspected fraud, 377 of which were found to be fraudulent. This resulted in 94 arrests.
A more detailed analysis of fraudulent cases for 2004 shows that 303 of the applications were from non-nationals who presented false/forged documents purporting to be from EU states, 20 were other non-national documents and one was Irish documentation.
Much of the kind of fraud identified in the 2004 report documented the use of false passports to obtain PPS numbers, other false ID cards, and the use of bogus UK and French ID cards.
The report involved the investigation of eight companies in the south of the country, where it was known there were high proportions of non-nationals.
In one company survey, six of the seven employees were found to be using false IDs.
- 33% of under 15s in Ireland have a migrant background
This statistic breaks down to include 13% who are "natives of mixed heritage" and 6% who are "returning foreign borns"
- In the year to April 2017, 57,200 non-Irish nationals arrived to live in Ireland and 34,000 non-Irish nationals emigrated abroad. Therefore net inward migration among non-Irish nationals remained strong and was estimated to be +23,200 in 2017.
- A REPORT that reveals 70 different nationalities on Fingal's social housing lists has led one councillor to question why the local authority offers housing support to non-EU citizens.
- 'It was only when I was elected to the council that I realised we were housing people from all over the world. 'I can understand our obligation to provide for EU citizens who have been working here but I do question why we are providing social housing for the rest of the world.'
- The councillor said that this year Fingal will spend €40m maintaining its 4,465 social housing units and administering a growing waiting list that now stand at 8,572. More than half those on the list are from outside Ireland with non-eu nationals accounting for 26 per cent of the total.
- Figures provided to me by the HSE last year revealed that over €520m was spent nationally on rent supplement, accounting for half of all residential rents in Ireland. 'Recent changes announced by the Minister for Social protection, Joan Burton will cut this by €22m or a mere five per cent.'
- A Chinese take-away owner who has lived and worked openly in Ireland for the last 16 years, with a deportation order issued in 2009. Mr Yu (aged 36) does not have any travel documents which he needs to be provided with before any deportation order can be effected.
- Non-EU nationals set to be cut from homeless figures
- Officially, there are nearly 60,000 people from the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia living in Ireland. However, according to their respective ambassadors, who attended the annual Baltic Day celebrations in Dublin on Monday, that figure is closer to 110,000. Ireland should have a national day to celebrate the State’s immigrant communities, Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond has said.
- Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys has announced changes to the work permit scheme to address immediate shortages of low-skilled, lower wage employees in the horticulture, meat processing, and dairy industries. The changes will enable employers to apply to bring in 800 workers from outside the European Economic Area from next Monday.
- Triad groups are now established here and are involved in serious criminal activity. They are involved in extortion, drug cultivation and other criminal activities. On one occasion gardaí raided 236 premises and arrested 54 foreigners under an investigation codenamed Operation Wireless.
- Longford council told residents the population of their county would be 50% non-Irish by 2050 | screenshot
- Simon Harris says Ireland's population is to grow by 1 million by 2040, backed up by billions in capital investment
- Leo Varadkar says he plans to increase Ireland's population by 1 million by 2040
- Simon Coveney wants to double the population of every city outside Dublin
- "Based on current demographic growth, the population of the island of Ireland should reach 8 million around 2030 and as high as 10 million by the mid-century. I propose that Ireland should, as part of the Ireland 2040 planning framework, put in place a long term strategic infrastructure plan to prepare for an all island population of 10 million people." -Simon Coveney
- "We must start planning on being an island of 10 million people, including bringing people in as refugees in scale, not just 200 people, but a much larger number and managing it." - Eamon Ryan, The Green Party
- "Today, the island has a population of 6.5 million. This is a comparatively low figure when seen beside populations of a range of other smaller EU countries. Current projections from both sides of the border point toward the possibility of a 10 million strong population by 2065. This brings with it a range of new and exciting opportunities, but also challenges." -Ibec CEO Danny McCoy in 2016
- "If current demographic trends continue, in less than fifty years the island of Ireland will have a population of 10 million. This is something we should embrace. It brings with it a range of new and exciting opportunities, but also challenges."- IBEC CEO Danny McCoy in 2015
- IBEC chief executive Danny McCoy warned that the island of Ireland needs to be ready to have a population of 10 million by 2050.
- Simon Coveney says he wants to give illegals who have been in Ireland for three years a pathway to citizenship and produce a 20 year strategy for Ireland's involvement with the UN for the protection of migrants and other displaced people: "I would also support a new path to citizenship for undocumented individuals who have been here for more than 3 years."
- 60% of the 1 million more people would have to be through immigration (natural birth rate only gives 20k per year in growth
- "Ireland will add 1 million people in the next twenty years."
Total Fertility rate is 1.9, below replacement.
77% of births to Irish mothers, around 49k per year.
Natural population growth, factoring in death rate of 30k per year, around 20k per year so the population would grow naturally by 400k over 20yrs.
That means 600k of the 1 million would have to come from immigration and their children.
- "If Europe wants the very social market economy continuing for future generations, then increasing our population is a crucial requirement. I am not suggesting for a moment that we have an open door policy. That would be as irresponsible as doing nothing. But we must recognise that population growth in Africa over the next 30 years will see an additional billion people being born in that continent. That’s twice the size of Europe. By 2050 the population of Nigeria in 10 years could be over 400 million people. The pressures of population growth in other parts of the world will inevitably bring more people to Europe. We need to turn it to our advantage." -Brian Hayes
- Health service will have to deal with extra 1,000,000 people by 2030
Ireland’s population is set to increase by almost a quarter by 2030, with the major driver being inward migration, according to new projections by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
Ireland’s population growth will come from inward migration, which they expect to average 9,000 people a year up to 2021, rising to 13,000 a year thereafter. This will result in a population of 5.35 million to 5.79 million people by 2030, compared to 4.77million now.
The growth in overall numbers, combined with a projected increase of up to 94 per cent in the number of people aged 80 or over, will have significant implications for the health service, according to a report, Projections of Demand for Healthcare in Ireland, 2015-2030, which is published on Thursday.
According to the report, demand across all health and social care sectors will “increase substantially” every year up to 2030.
The report notes that between 1996 and 2016, Ireland’s population bucked the trend elsewhere in the EU, growing by 31 per cent as opposed to just 6 per cent across the union.
The report’s nine authors project that Irish fertility rates (the number of children born to women of child-bearing age) will remain at 1.94, which is below the rate of 2.1 necessary to sustain a population at its current level.
- Population may hit pre-Famine level by 2025 | Irish Times, 2006
Ireland may return to a population of eight million people in the first quarter of this century - restoring the number of inhabitants to levels last seen just before the Great Famine in 1841.
Official figures from Northern Ireland and the Republic indicate rapid growth in population north and south of the Border, with both governments engaged in a "collaborative framework" to accommodate the extra population on an all-island basis.
The National Spatial Strategy in the Republic and the Regional Development Strategy in Northern Ireland are being used to plan for cross-Border developments, such as a proposed "Newry-Dundalk metropolis". Newry and Mourne District Council, Louth County Council and Dundalk Town Council have contributed to the plan to create in effect a new city straddling the Border.
"Projecting ahead, the island could have a population of about seven million in 2021 and indeed may once again return to a population of eight million, a level achieved just before the Great Famine in 1841." -Minister for the Environment Dick Roche
- 1,444: The number of asylum applications which were received in 2014 as compared to 946 in 2013 equating to a 53% increase.
This reverses the trend of recent years when application numbers were decreasing year on year. The top three countries of application in 2014 are Pakistan, Nigeria and Albania.
- 4,280: approximate number of people seeking international protection accommodated in direct provision centres in the State.
This was 110 fewer than at the end of 2013 and over 1,800 fewer than the number of persons accommodated at the end of 2010 which stood at just over 6,100.
- 111: number of people from Syria and the surrounding region had been granted admission to reside in Ireland following applications to her Department from relatives already resident here.
In addition, the Government accepted 90 Syrian refugees in 2014 under the UNHCR resettlement programme.
- 272: The number of Mediterranean migrants, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald promised to receive by 2016
- 600: The number of refugees being brought to Ireland in September under an EU deal
- 520: number of refugees taken directly from areas affected by conflict Ireland has agreed to relocate.
- Not saying: The number of Mediterranean migrants Ireland will be taking more of according to Minister For Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan
- 0: The number of Mediterranean migrants and refugees taken directly conflict areas Ireland is obliged to receive.
- 64,579: The number of people on the housing list in Ireland in 2014 up from 45,417 the year before.
- 3,350: The number of failed asylum seekers who have stayed in the country over five years, a new government report recommends granting amnesty to in 2016 and should be “fast-tracked” to residency or have their deportation order revoked.
- €700 million: The amount of money the Irish State has spent in the past five years (since 2015) on accommodation costs and legal fees for people seeking refugee or protection status in Ireland
- €1m: The amount of money paid to the barrister wife of former Fianna Fail minister Barry Andrews for briefs from the Attorney General's office to fight asylum applications in the past five years (from 2014).
- €57 million: The amount of money spent on accommodating asylum seekers in a 12-year period in four Cork centres.
- 50%: Pakistanis account for over half of all asylum applications received between November 2014 and May 2015 numbering 550.
This compares with 55 for the corresponding period in 2013 and 2014.
This has led to urgent talks between the immigration authorities in Ireland and the UK Home Office.
- 45%: The increase in asylum claims in 2015 compared to the previous year.
In total 1,276 claims for asylum were made in Ireland. The last time applications increased was 2002, when there were a record 11,634 claims.
The number of those of Pakistani origin claiming asylum has increased by a significant 65 per cent this year and they have accounted of the single biggest group claiming asylum.
They were followed by Nigerians and Albanians.
- 2,360: The number of people were deported/removed from the State in 2014.
This figure comprises some 2,147 persons who were refused entry into the State at ports of entry and were returned to the place from where they had come.
111: The number of failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants deported from the State.
87 EU nationals were returned to their countries of origin on foot of an EU Removal Order and 17 asylum seekers were transferred under the Dublin Regulation to the EU member stated in which they first applied for asylum.
Provisional figures show that a total of 237 persons chose to return home voluntarily in 2014. Of that number, 189 were assisted by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
- 1: The number of asylum applications approved out of the 1,800 requests by Nigerians in Switzerland in 2009.
The head of the Swiss Refugee Council says the main reason for this is that during their interviews most Nigerians tell the same “stereotypical and unbelievable” story and not the truth.
People from aid agencies who are present at the interviews come to the same conclusions
- 224,000: The number of migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe so far in 2015 (By the end of July).
- €2.4 billion: The amount of money the European Commission approved of to aid (over six years) countries including Greece and Italy that have struggled to cope with a surge in numbers of immigrants.
- 2015: There were 251 failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants removed from the country last year, up from 111 in 2014. Of those removed, Brazil makes up the largest single nationality, with 9.6%
- 2014: 111 failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants were deported from the State, 87 EU nationals were returned to their countries of origin on foot of an EU Removal Order and 17 asylum seekers were transferred under the Dublin Regulation to the EU member stated in which they first applied for asylum.
- 2013: 210 failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants were deported from the State in 2013. The top 5 nationalities deported were from Nigeria, China, Mauritius, Albania and Pakistan. A total of 86 persons were deported on charter flights and 124 on scheduled commercial aircraft. In 2013, Ireland participated in 10 chartered deportation flights, 5 of which were organised in conjunction with EU agency FRONTEX which coordinates removals throughout the EU.
A further 84 asylum seekers were transferred to the EU member state in which they first applied for asylum under the Dublin Regulation. In addition, a further 63 EU nationals were returned to their countries of origin on foot of an EU Removal Order.
- 2012: In addition, 298 failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants were deported from the State in 2012. The top 5 nationalities deported were from Nigeria, Pakistan, Georgia, Tanzania (these persons had claimed asylum as Somali but were shown to be Tanzanian through cooperation with UK) and South Africa. A total of 111 persons were deported on charter flights and 187 on scheduled commercial aircraft. In 2012, Ireland participated in 9 chartered deportation flights, 7 of which were organised in conjunction with EU agency FRONTEX which coordinates removals throughout the EU and 2 were joint operations with the UK.
- 2011: In addition, 280 failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants were deported from the State in 2011. The top 5 nationalities deported were Nigeria, South Africa, Pakistan, Moldova and Georgia. A total of 111 persons were deported on charter flights and 169 on scheduled commercial aircraft. In 2011, Ireland participated in 7 chartered deportation flights all of which were organised in conjunction with EU agency FRONTEX which coordinates removals throughout the EU.
A further 144 asylum seekers were transferred to the EU member state in which they first applied for asylum under the Dublin Regulation.
- Only 5 in every 100 Asylum Applications deemed genuine in the first five months of 2015
- 80% of asylum applicants fail to get their application approved
- Asylum Applications explode to 3,276 for 2015 - 95% are Bogus
- Ireland spending €150 million a year on asylum system (works out at about 34 thousand per person)
- Irish authorities granted asylum to 1,990 applicants on their first application between 2008 and 2016. More than half of those granted asylum came from Iraq (260), Syria (255), Afghanistan (175), Somalia (135), Pakistan (120), Iran (110) and Sudan (110). Of the 13,710 applicants refused asylum, the highest numbers came from Nigeria (2,810), Pakistan (1,685), the Democratic Republic of Congo (685), Zimbabwe (620), Albania (520) and South Africa (425).
- Ireland has the second-lowest rate of granting asylum across the EU. Ireland’s more recent rate remains significantly lower than the EU average – in 2016 the EU average rose to 61 per cent, Ireland stood at 23 per cent. A spokesperson for the Department of Justice said: “Recognition rates for asylum applications vary significantly between countries. For countries which are recognised conflict zones, such as Syria or Eritrea, rates tend to be much higher than for countries not experiencing such conflict, such as Albania or Georgia. Traditionally, Ireland has had much higher numbers of people from the latter category, leading to lower overall recognition rates.” Ireland’s low rate of granting asylum has prompted concerns lobby groups for migrants.
- “In Ireland the five leading applicant countries for 2017 were Georgia, Albania, Pakistan, Nigeria and Zimbabwe which are not acknowledged conflict zones with high grant rates.”
- Numbers of refugee applications between 2011 & 2015:
2,103 in 2015 (January-August);
1,448 in 2014;
946 in 2013;
956 in 2012;
1,290 in 2011.
93 in 2015 (January-August);
132 in 2014;
128 in 2013;
67 in 2012;
61 in 2011.
There were 1,297 live appeals at the end of 2014 compared with 661 at the end of 2013.
The median length of time taken by the RAT to complete substantive appeals was approximately 49 weeks in 2014.
This was an increase from the 2013 figure of 18 weeks.
That means in 2014, there were 1448 claims, 132 were granted and 1,297 appealed.
Under the European Return Fund so far since 2014, 456 enforced returns took place and there were 1,005 voluntary returns.
762 persons availed of reintegration assistance under the Fund.
-NATIONAL PROGRAMME AMIF as officially adopted by the Commission on 21st March 2016
- 4300 in direct provision as of 2016.
40% have deportation orders
The state has paid €650 million between 2010-2015 to keep people in direct provision.
-Séan Deegan explains to Joe Duffy why he rejected 498 out of 500 asylum claims
- State paid €43.5m to eight direct provision operators in 2016
- In 2000, a Nigerian priest visited Ireland and remarked on the number of Nigerian asylum seekers: "I find it peculiar that those who claim to be fleeing unrest in Nigeria are here, rather than in any of the many stable places in Nigeria, a country many times bigger than Ireland with a population of 126 million. Real refugees can't afford the exorbitant air fares to get here. Most Nigerians in Europe are simply seeking a more comfortable life."
- The president of Nigeria has said Nigerians who had joined the migrant exodus to Europe were doing so purely for economic reasons rather than because they were in danger and their reputation for crime has made them unwelcome.
- Over $600 MILLION was sent out of Ireland to Nigeria in 2011
- In 2016, a Limerick asylum centre worker claimed staff had been subjected to physical attacks and mental abuse by individuals and gangs of radical Muslim men living in the centre. He told the Limerick Post that management at the centre are frightened to take any action because there are no security officers on the premises, and they are afraid that the radicals will be backed up by other asylum seekers who have cheated the direct provision system.
- In 2018, Only 5% of Italy's 630,000 migrants were recognised as genuine refugees
- “We do not get to use the room where there is two pool tables and a big TV because the men are always there,” said one child aged between 8-12 years. “There is so many men, and coz they look creepy look at you,” another child aged 13-18 said. -Children in Direct Provision
- A third of asylum-seekers or refugees presenting to rape crisis centres in 2012 were minors at time of assault. most of the attacks had occurred in the victim’s country of origin, with the remainder being perpetrated in transit or in Ireland.
In 2012, 61 individuals - 54 asylum-seekers and seven refugees - attended rape crisis centres in Ireland having experienced 69 incidents of sexual violence between them.
Over 90 per cent of these incidents involved rape. Half of the victims were aged between 18 and 30 when the sexual violence occurred.
Almost one in three were minors at the time the sexual violence took place and two were under the age of 13 at the time they were abused.
The majority of those presenting were African.
One in seven of the female victims who experienced sexual violence became pregnant as a result of being raped, some 67 per cent of whom are parenting those children, many of whom now live in the Irish direct provision system.
More than half of victims experienced sexual violence at the hands of multiple perpetrators, with one in 10 incidents involving five or more perpetrators.
Almost half of the victims of sexual violence were assaulted by security forces.
Launching the report, former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness noted that in 46 per cent of cases the sexual violence had been suffered at the hands of security forces in the victim’s country of origin, meaning they often did not trust authority.
- 43% of unaccompanied ‘underage’ migrants in Germany turn out to be adults – report
- Cross-checks carried out by gardai in 2012 using British fingerprint records revealed that about two thirds of failed asylum seekers investigated (1,300 out of 2,000) were known to Britain's Border Agency under a different name.
Of those looked at, about a third had given a different nationality to the UK authorities.
Of the 2,000 asylum seekers investigated, cross-checks found 600 had already been identified by UK agencies either as asylum shoppers with previous applications to the UK or as previous British visa seekers. In the majority of fingerprint matches, those claiming asylum in Ireland had already been granted UK visas. The official added that more than 80 people who had claimed asylum here as Somalis had previously been granted a UK visa using a Tanzanian identity.
They operated by turning up at the British visa office in Dar es Salaam to have their photographs and fingerprints taken and to submit their Tanzanian passports for inspection. The passports were then determined to be valid.
This allowed them to fly to Britain on a valid visa and they then arrived here and claimed asylum, some on the grounds that they were facing persecution in Somalia. With the help of the fingerprint checks, authorities in Dublin have been able to challenge such applicants on the basis they had been officially recognised as Tanzanians by the British.
Some of them are thought to have used the UK as a back door to Ireland while others were involved in asylum shopping, which involves moving between EU countries to establish where the best benefits lie.
Checks on about 5,000 visa applications have identified almost 600 people applying to come to Ireland with a negative UK immigration history.
- 17 firms receive about €50 million a year to run 34 accommodation centres across Ireland, providing for about 4,000 asylum seekers. Of companies with published accounts, Fazyard Ltd has the biggest accumulated profits: €10.8 million. It is linked to three centres which provide accommodation for 500 asylum seekers in Emo, Co Laois, Clondalkin in Dublin and Georgian Court in Dublin’s north inner city.
The firm, owned by Co Wicklow businessman Sean Lyons, made a profit of almost €800,000 in the year to the end of November last.
The biggest recipient of public funding is Mosney Holidays plc, which has been paid more than €100 million for accommodating up to 800 asylum seekers at the former Butlin’s holiday resort in Co Meath.
Its last published accounts, in 2009, show accumulated profits at the end of the year of €5.4 million. The following year it became an unlimited company and so does not publish its accounts. It is owned by an Isle of Man company called Sonning Unlimited.
The average daily rate per person paid to private contractors ranges from €15.50 in State-owned centres to €29.49 at commercially- owned centres.
- 12.9 % of asylum applicants in 2016 were approved
- It is estimated that there are around 500,000 failed asylum seekers in Italy. There are a further 200,000 migrants who are waiting for their application to be processed. 30,000 were granted asylum.
- 2,244 asylum applications were received in 2016 as compared to 3,276 in 2015 equating to a 32 % decrease. 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 (10.9%), Pakistan (10.4%), Albania (9.9%), Zimbabwe (8.6%) and Nigeria (7.8%), Other (52.5%).
- In 2015, there were 3,276 asylum applications. The top five countries of origin for applicants were Pakistan (41.3%), Bangladesh (8.7%), Albania (6.5%), Nigeria (5.7%), India (4.4%), others (33.4%)
- Afghanistan was the sixth top country of origin in 2016 (7.1%)
- At end 2016 there were 4,420 protection applicants residing in State-provided accommodation centres.
450 had some form of status residing there while they source private accommodation.
269 who have been issued with a Deportation Order.
428 failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants were deported from the State in 2016 42 asylum seekers were transferred under the Dublin Regulation to the EU member state in which they first applied for asylum.
The figure of 4,420 is 276 less than at the end of 2015 (a decrease of 5.9%). However, this masks the fact that over 1,600 persons entered the system of State-provided accommodation in 2016, while over 1,900 persons left the system over the same period.
As the State provided accommodation is entirely voluntary, some of those leaving the system were exercising their right to live elsewhere. In addition, the length of time applicants spend in the system has reduced significantly with only a very small number now in the system for more than 5 years. This is due to a concerted effort to process such cases during 2016.
- The overall grant rate for cases at first instance was over 16.8% in 2016.
Syrians were 10.9% of asylum applicants in 2016.
34 applications were received from unaccompanied minors and this represented 1.6% of the total number of applications received in 2016.
These applications were processed within a median processing time of 28 weeks.
1,659 sets of fingerprints were sent to EURODAC in 2016. The fingerprints of 246 applicants resulted in 413 hits with EURODAC which indicated that these applicants had made an application for asylum in one or more Member States. These figures do not include Irish Refugee Protection Programme pledge fingerprints hits.
- Of cases finalised in 2015, 9.8% of asylum applications were granted.
41.3% of applicants were from Pakistan (1,352).
8.7% of applicants were from Bangladesh (286).
6.5% of applicants were from Albania (214).
5.7% of applicants were from Nigeria (186).
4.4% of applicants were from India (144).
3.3% of applicants were from Afghanistan (124).
29.6% of applicants were from other countries (970).
- Of the cases finalised in 2016:
13.5% were granted asylum.
50.4% were refused under [s.13(4)(b)]
.2% were refused under [s.13(5)]
3.2% were withdrawn [s.13(2)]
13.4% were deemed withdrawn [s.13(2)]
1.3% were deemed withdrawn [s.22(8)]
18.1% were established as being under Dublin Regulation
- WHAT THE TERMS MEAN:
- Grant: The Commissioner has made a recommendation that the applicant be granted refugee status.
- Refused s.13(4)(b): The Commissioner has made a recommendation that the applicant should not be granted refugee status. An appeal to the Refugee Appeals Tribunal must be taken within 15 days.
- Refused s.13(5): The Commissioner has made a recommendation that the applicant should not be granted refugee status and has included in his report a finding under section 13(6). An appeal to the Refugee Appeals Tribunal must be taken within 10 days.
- Refused s.13(2): The Commissioner has made a recommendation that the applicant should not be granted refugee status where an application has been withdrawn or deemed to be withdrawn.
- s. 22(8): Cases finalised under section 22(8) relate to applicants transferred under the Dublin III Regulation in respect of which determinations were made by ORAC.
- Dublin III Regulation: Where it is established that the applicant's claim for refugee status should be determined in another Contracting State under the Dublin III Regulation.
- Recommendations issued in 2016:
Refused s.13(4)(b) 62.5%
Refused s.13(5) 0.2%
Withdrawn s.13(2) 20.5%
Excludes cases processed under Dublin III regulation
Not sure what the difference between finalised and recommended is
- 1098 Information Requests were made to Dublin III Regulation Member States in 2016.
Of the 1673 Replies received in 2016 to Information Requests to other Dublin III Regulation States 1,087 were positive (65%), 583 were negative (34.8%) and 3 received no response (0.2%).
Note: Replies also include a number of Information Requests made in the previous year.
A total of 283 Information Requests were pending a reply at end of 2016.
- In 2016, a total of 547 Formal requests to Dublin III Regulation Member States included 212 'take back' and 335 'take charge' requests.
456 were accepted (79.9%), 16 were deemed accepted (2.8%), 90 were rejected (15.8%) and 9 were withdrawn (1.6%).
Note: Replies also include a number of requests received in the previous year.
A number of requests were pending a reply at the end of 2016.
- In 2016, there were a total of 206 Formal requests from other Dublin III Regulation Member States to Ireland which included 175 'take back' and 31 'take charge' requests.
133 were accepted (59.6%) and 89 were rejected (39.9%). 1 was withdrawn (0.4%) Note: Replies also include a number of requests received in the previous year.
A small number of requests were pending a reply at the end of 2016.
- Subsidiary Protection Processing Details – 2016
Top 5 Countries of Origin in 2016 and comparison with 2015 for Number of new applications received:
2016 (TOTAL 431) Pakistan 69 (16%), Nigeria 45 (10.4%), Zimbabwe 38 (8.8%), Algeria 36 (8.4%), Albania 35 (8.1%), other 208 (48.3%).
2015 (TOTAL 297) Pakistan 51 (17.1%), Nigeria 50 (16.8%), Zimbabwe 24 (8%), Algeria 14 (14%), Albania 11 (11%), other 147 (49.8%).
Any person who makes a new application for refugee status or has an application for refugee status pending may also make an application for subsidiary protection in the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC).
International protection can be granted either:
(a) as a person who is eligible for refugee protection on the basis of a well-founded fear of persecution in the country of origin, or
(b) as a person who is eligible for subsidiary protection on the basis of a real risk of suffering serious harm if returned to the country of origin.
- Of the 4,000 people committed to under the Government Decision establishing the IRPP, 2,622 are intended to be taken in under the EU relocation scheme from Greece and Italy and 1,040 are to come from Lebanon under the refugee resettlement programme.
The Government has also decided, following an all-party Oireachtas motion to take up to 200 unaccompanied minors who had previously been in the Calais camp with the balance to be allocated through other mechanisms.
- In 2016, 381 family reunification applications were made to ORAC for 888 dependents.
252 applications were given to the minister by ORCA approving 608 dependents.
342 applications were outstanding as at December 2016.
Of the 381 family reunification applications in 2016, 16.2% were Syrians, 12.3% were Somalians, 9.2% were Iraqis, 8.4% were Afghans, 6.6% were Sudanese. Others were 47.2%.
In 2015, Somalians were 17.3%, Iraqis were 11.4%, Syrians were 8.8%. Afghans were 8.1%, Sudanese were 6.6% and others were 47.8%.
- IRELAND TO ACCEPT LARGEST EVER NUMBER OF NEW REFUGEES IN 2018 AND 2019 AS PART OF OVERALL COMMITMENTS
Minister Flanagan also announced an increase in the number of new refugees to be resettled in Ireland over the next two years:
“We have increased our resettlement commitment for 2018 to 600 refugees and we have made a new pledge to resettle an additional 600 refugees in 2019. These are the largest pledges that the State has made for resettlement in a calendar year since our national resettlement programme began in 2000. It signifies our ongoing commitment to supporting the most vulnerable refugees by providing a safe haven and a welcoming environment to rebuild their lives here in Ireland. I am proud of the compassionate and welcome response of the Irish people to those fleeing harrowing conflicts, particularly in Syria”.
- RIA Applicants' Status January 2018
44.8% were single males
14.2% were single females
6.2% were lone parents
10.6% were child of lone parents
11.9% were married with children
8.8% were the children of married couples
4.4% were couples with no children
- Asylum Lawyers colloquially refer to an alleged scheme as “the scheme that doesn’t exist” operated by the immigration authorities based on recommendations of the Working Group which entitles entitles asylum seekers and migrants who have been in Ireland for five years and with no criminal record be permitted to stay.
- Between January and October 2017, a total of 714,278 internally displaced Syrians returned to their places of origin within Syria. Some 96.3 per cent returned to their own house. The top three sub-districts where people returned to were located in Aleppo.
- A Bill recently passed in the senate which paves the way for refugees to bring grandparents, cousins, nephews, nieces and siblings to Ireland by expanding the family reunification programme.
- leaked Open Society document suggested NGOs in Ireland are being funded to lobby the government to increase migrant citizenships and to politically mobilise those migrants
- 80% of failed asylum seekers stay - Sunday Times, Jul 9, 2017
- "There is no credible reason to believe [EU] enlargement will be accompanied by large movements of people. All the evidence points in the opposite direction."
-Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs (Mr. Dick Roche), 12th September 2002
- "I estimate that fewer than 2,000 will choose our distant shores each year" and: "It is a deliberate misrepresentation to suggest that tens of thousands will suddenly descend en masse on Ireland."
-Proinnsias De Rossa, August 20th, 2002
- Pat Rabbitte, by contrast, has claimed that a problem does exist with our immigration policy.
He claims evidence of the displacement of Irish workers in different industries. And he cites job losses in the hospitality, building and meat factory sectors, where he says non-national workers are replacing Irish workers at lower wages.
He has, however, some difficulty in producing much hard evidence to substantiate his claims, which he accepts are largely anecdotal.
For this he blames the lack of statistical data. And on this he is right.
- "I propose an interrogation of how the Irish nation can become other than white (Christian and settled), by privileging the voices of the racialised and subverting state immigration but also integration policies. Stage one of such interrogation would be to do all we can to defeat the citizenship referendum on June 11."
–Ronit Lentin, founder member of the Trinity Immigration Initiative, Trinity College, Dublin.
- "We can listen and we can learn from the experiences of others. We must have controls over immigration... And we should certainly not expect the least advantaged and least educated communities in Dublin and elsewhere to be the sole unassisted hosts of ghettos and newcomers. Down that road lies certain disaster."
-Kevin Myers – 'An Irishman's Diary', The Irish Times, 30 January 1998
- "And this is happening here in terms of the problem that the US is making to its own citizens in Medicare and Medicaid and social security, which are completely unaffordable and will not be afforded and will not be deliverable. These promises will be broken here in the US."
"The same is going to happen in Europe. The same is going to happen in Japan, even more so in Japan. We don’t want to face that, but it is a reality. It is going to happen. These promises are going to be broken and they have to be broken because they can’t be afforded. We’re not going to have enough people to produce the wealth to fulfil those promises."
-John Bruton at a private dinner in New York (the video was removed from youtube, the day after this story ran in the Irish Independent)
- AN INTERNAL REPORT by Department of Public Sector Expenditure and Reform officials made its way to the world this week, showing that civil servants are fretting about the €195 million increase in pension spending they predict for each and every year between now and 2026.
- "It has been suggested that between twenty and fifty million Moslems from the countries around the Mediterranean will arrive in Europe by 2025 (Clarke 1986). Because of its aging population Europe will have little choice but to open its frontiers to young Africans and Asians. Many economists argue that Western Europe, with its aging population and falling birth rate, should welcome rather than fear the injection of able-bodied and relatively cheap labour offered by immigration from less prosperous neighbouring countries. It is unlikely, however, that northern public opinion will welcome such an influx, partly out of racial and cultural prejudice, but also because of fears that such an influx would drive down wages, create unemployment and drive up the price of housing."
-Seamus Grimes, Fertility Decline in Western Europe | Population Research Institute 1994
- A surge in migrants from Africa threatens the European Union's living standards and social infrastructure, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday, saying the bloc was unable to take in millions of people seeking a new life.
- "A small but well placed minority of commentators have sought to create the impression that Ireland's treatment of asylum seekers is harsh and unfair. They have consistently concealed the real facts from the Irish people. Moreover, they have sought to create the impression that anyone who points out the true situation is engaging in political racism. They hint at international comparisons which do not exist.
They refuse to address the very large abuse of asylum protection in Ireland. They claim to believe that it is wrong to point out what is happening lest it create prejudice against genuine asylum seekers. They are engaging in a form of verbal intimidation of those who would tell the truth."
-Michael Mc Dowell
- "The failure of the government to overhaul the refugee appeals tribunal and the asylum system in the country was funding the legal profession to the tune of €2.5 million through successful judicial reviews. The payment for judicial reviews was on top of another €1.2 million paid directly to lawyers who worked directly for the tribunal. The refugee appeals system has become a cash cow for the legal profession and needs to be overhauled."
- Denis Naughten, former Fine Gael integration and immigration spokesperson
- Séan Deegan, the former barrister appointed by the department of Justice to sit on a tribunal dealing with asylum appeals rejected 498 out of 500 appeals because it was his belief that 498 of them were chancers who were telling lies and trying to game asylum system.
- Speaking to Matt Cooper on The Last Word in 2007, the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern admitted that immigration could not continue at the levels of the last 10 years and admitted that perhaps another percentage point, from 10% to 11% was as far as we could go.
Taoiseach: "Our capacity to continue or to move beyond the 10% figure, I would have grave doubts about that. I'm not saying you can't go to 11.You can't go as we have done in a decade from probably 2% to 10 and in the next decade go from 10 to 20."
Matt Cooper: "So does that mean we have enough immigrants who have come to the country at this stage, as far as you are concerned?"
Taoiseach: "I think the numbers that we'll be able to take in in the next 10 years will not be able to match the numbers that came in in the last 10 years and I think that is self-evident.
There is no country or at least very few countries with our size and capabilities would end up with 20% of the workforce non-Irish."
- Mr X is living in Galway, is a non-national, never worked in Ireland a day since he arrived nine years ago. He has a wife and his three daughters living with him. Discontented because his wife has not produced a son for him, he takes on a girlfriend/partner to live in the same house, whom he duly gets pregnant, but is very disappointed that it is another daughter! “Now Mr X has six females to look after in the one house, four bedrooms is not sufficient, so he requires a six-bedroom house. “When Mr X was asked why he does not work he replied that “work is hard, social welfare is easy”. Yet again, who is the fool? When is the hard-pressed taxpayer going to get a break?
- "Based on current demographic growth, the population of the island of Ireland should reach 8 million around 2030 and as high as 10 million by the mid-century. I propose that Ireland should, as part of the Ireland 2040 planning framework, put in place a long term strategic infrastructure plan to prepare for an all island population of 10 million people. We should seek to provide up to €20 billion of dedicated capital funding for key infrastructure projects - mostly but not exclusively focused on transport infrastructure – over two decades from sources including the European Investment Bank, private funders and increased Exchequer provision. This plan will commence with the mid-term review of the current Capital Plan to 2021 and each subsequent capital plan review will prioritise the most" -Tánaiste Simon Coveney
- "The Departments of Foreign Affairs and Defence should also be asked to jointly produce a 20 year strategy for Ireland’s involvement in the UN in a range of areas including peacekeeping, climate change and the protection of migrants and other displaced people. I am also in favour of Ireland putting in place more positive immigration policies, focusing on individuals who have either high skills or are in need of humanitarian assistance. While I believe that Ireland must, particularly in a post-Brexit context, strengthen its border controls to reduce illegal immigration, I would also support a new path to citizenship for undocumented individuals who have been here for more than 3 years." -Simon Coveney
- "The Irish racial state, while promoting racelessness, is always about its own white (Christian, settled) superiority. While declaring its commitment to equality, care and interculturalism - the Irish version of racelessness - the Irish racial state has already begun deporting migrant parents whose applications for residency on the ground of having an Irish citizen child have failed, together with their Irish citizen children. Instead of a language of 'integration' and 'interculturalism', I propose an interrogation of how the Irish nation can become other than white (Christian and settled), by privileging the voices of the racialised and subverting state immigration but also integration policies. Stage one of such interrogation would be to do all we can to defeat the citizenship referendum on June 11." -Ronit Lentin, director of the MPhil in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin
- "RTÉ recognises that it is in the privileged position of reflecting and shaping our understanding of our society and culture. Few organisations are as influential in Ireland or require greater trust than RTÉ," the spokesman added.
- The Attorney General said there was a tsunami of files coming in all the time from ministers and Government departments, particularly in the spheres of EU law and data regulation.
He said there was an "absolute sea" of asylum and immigration cases, with four to five cases a day, and two to three judges constantly doing those cases. He said that had not died off, and had a lot to do with EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights.
- "A nation is not just a dot on a map or a Gate at a random airport. A nation is the accumulated inheritance of it's past, with a history, memories, traditions, shared understandings, codes and conventions, unwritten rules, bonds of loyalty, culture, heritage, family, faith & blood" -Cllr Brian Murphy
- ‘Bombshell’ population growth in Africa means Europe is entering an “unprecedented” age of mass migration, Emmanuel Macron has said, asserting that the two continents’ destinies are “bound”.
“The migratory phenomenon we are facing will be historic,” declared the French president in a television appearance Sunday night, when he announced that “great poverty”, “climate change”, and “geopolitical conflicts” will see Africans flooding into Europe “for many years to come”.
“[Africans] are mostly turning to Europe because the continent of Europe is not an island, because of our location, and because Europe has its destiny bound with Africa.” -Macron
- "As Africa's population doubles, a lot of them, whatever the circumstances, will becoming to Europe as economic migrants or as refugees.
They will be coming — many of them and that is a good thing if they come into a place with an open mind and those economies are doing well because we will be senile. We will be senescent demographically. We'll need their youthful energy to do stuff. So, that is just what the economic statistics tell you and the demographic data demands, you know...and demography is destiny.
Europe and Africa are going to have a very close 21st century. The question is what kind of closeness will it be....and these kinds of investments through the aid program but also into people's minds and ideas about who we are gives less succour to the xenophobes and populists who will otherwise do very well in the political climate over the next couple of decades if we don't get this right...and I think we should all be quite worried quite frankly if we don't make these investments and we don't also make the investments not just in aid but in other policies like transparency. People need to see that the system is fair and it is delivering both within countries and regionally." -Jamie Drummond, Executive Director of ONE. Drummond co-founded ONE with Bono and other activists.
- "...what I'm suggesting to you all is the 'us' is now slightly different. Just look around you. Look at the school gates and what 'us' is now is not the freckled, ginger-headed 'us' that we once were and that's got to be good." -Graham McLaren, Director of Abbey Theatre
- Ireland’s biggest landlord, Ires Reit’s David Ehrlich talks about soaring rents: 'It’s a great market...We’ve never seen rental increases like this in any jurisdiction that we’re aware of...I truly feel badly for the Irish people.” he says of climbing rents. But, answerable to the Reit’s investors, he’s not going to put the brakes on just yet.
- 52% of the Irish electorate is opposed to allowing migrants fleeing north Africa to settle in this country, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll. [Taken May 2015]
- Immigration is the most pressing concern for Europeans, overtaking the economic situation and unemployment, according to a new Eurobarometer survey. Thirty-eight percent of Europeans regard immigration as their main policy priority, the spring Eurobarometer poll published on Friday (31 July) found, a 14 point increase from last autumn.
- 65%: Percentage of Muslims living in six polled EU countries who think that religious rules are more important than the laws of the country in which they live.
60% reject homosexuals as friends.
45% think that Jews cannot be trusted.
54% believing that the West is out to destroy Islam.
-published in: WZB Mitteilungen, December 2013
- More than half of young Muslims (57%) believe Ireland should become an Islamic State.
- 2018 poll by Project 28 - Direct Link
- 78% of EU citizens believe that the external borders of Europe should be better protected. This number rises to nine in ten in central and eastern European countries, including Hungary and Slovakia.
- Asked whether immigration brings problems including crime and terrorism, the majority of Europeans believe that it does. While 82% think it is very or somewhat likely that a terrorist attack could happen in their country, 62% also think that immigrants bring an increase in crime.
- The proportion of EU citizens who approve of an EU quota plan has fallen from 53 per cent in 2016 to 47 per cent this year. So quotas are even more unpopular now than they were two years ago. Naturally the idea of quotas is most popular in Germany (which has most to gain by dispersing its migrants around the rest of Europe), with 67 per cent of respondents approving of quotas. Greece, which has also been on the front line of the issue and borne much of the resulting burden, also has a majority of the public (69 per cent) approving of quotas. Elsewhere, the public are critical of the scheme. And if there is a reason then it must in no small part be due to the fact that there is no evidence that Brussels or Berlin have learned any lessons from the mistakes of that year.
- Fully 81 per cent of the European public agree that immigrants should be helped in their own countries, with almost half (48 per cent) saying that the EU should provide ‘substantial financial support’ to the countries where they are currently residing, like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. The public are also supportive of temporary migration, with two-thirds of Europeans agreeing that immigrants should be sent back to their home countries after the war in Syria ends.
- Just 14 per cent of the European public believe that the EU should accept a million asylum seekers a year and only 9 per cent of the European public think that immigrants should be accepted without any limitations.
- 50% of Europeans believe that their children will have a worse life than them. This view is noticeably higher in countries like Austria, Greece and Germany, which have been at the forefront of the migration crises.
- 70% of the European public believe that the ‘rapid population growth of Muslims’ is either a ‘somewhat serious’ or ‘very serious’ threat to Europe.
- Research commissioned by the German government and published in January found that there had been a large increase in crime in Germany in recent years and that more than 90 per cent of that crime could be attributed to young male migrants.
- Study: 70% of Europeans see rapid population growth of Muslims as a serious threat.
57% believing that the influx of migrants will change their country’s culture.
Respondents overwhelmingly believe that Europe should aid and support migrants (81%), but they believe that this should occur in their home countries.
- More than half of NGO's €10.5 billion funding comes from the state
- There are an estimated 19,317 nonprofits in Ireland employing 132,069 people. In 2014, the combined income of all nonprofit organisations was €9.59 billion. More than 50 per cent of Irish nonprofits bank with AIB, and it provides investment advice to help them develop investment plans, with Irish Life providing its customers with a range of investment and savings products.
- There is a scheme being run by the immigration authorities called “the scheme that doesn’t exist”. It entitles illegal immigrants & asylum seekers to stay in Ireland regardless of their status if they've been here for five years.
- HSE battles new wave of polio issues 30 years after last recorded case. Up to three patients a month presenting with post-polio syndrome at Beaumont Hospital
- A Roma gang arrested in Belfast for burglary was described as a "Dublin gang" by the BBC
- 60% of Nigerian kids have been sexually abused
- Almost 75% of young children in Belgium’s second largest city have migrant backgrounds
- Migrant ‘baby boom’ causes highest birth rate in Germany in 40 years
- “Immigration mafias” are responsible for 92% (Turkey to Greece), 90% (Libya to Italy) and 75% (Morocco to Spain), respectively for this human trafficking – according to Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.
- Average rape convictions per 100,000 persons, per country of origin in Denmark, aggregate 2010 - 2014 - source: statistikbanken.dk https://fredricmorenius.wordpress.com/author/fredricmorenius
- Immigration has put up house prices by 20% over the past 25 years and Britain’s post-Brexit border rules must take account of demand for affordable homes, the new housing minister has declared.
- 995,000 people were given citizenships of EU countries in 2016, representing a sharp increase on the 841,000 figure for 2015. Around 150,000 of the citizenships were handed out by Britain – an increase of 30 per cent from 2015.Of those gaining EU citizenship in 2016, Moroccans, Albanians and Indians were the main recipients.
- The Muslim population of the UK is set to triple in 30 years, according to projections from the Pew Research Centre. Under the model which assumes median migration levels, the number of Muslims in the country would rise from 4.1m in 2016 to 13m in 2050.
- Nearly two-thirds of ‘child’ refugees who were questioned about their real age after coming to Britain were found to be adults, an official report has found. In one year, 65 per cent of asylum seekers assessed after claiming to be juveniles were judged to be over 18.
- 93% of migrant sex crimes in Finland are committed by migrants from Islamic countries.
131 Finnish citizens became victims of sex crimes committed by asylum seekers in the year 2016.
A total of 1052 asylum seekers were suspected of crimes in 2016 and virtually all were men, who together represented 29 nations. Two thirds were Iraqis and the age of the suspects was evenly distributed.
Finnish women were victims in 8 out of 10 cases committed by mostly Muslim asylum seekers: 108 out of 116 suspects of sexual offenses came from Islamic countries like Iraq (83), Afghanistan (14) or Morocco (6). Almost half of sexual offenses were committed against Finnish girls under the age of 18 of which some were seeking men to access tobacco and drugs.
Among the sexual offenses that asylum seekers were suspected of rape is the most common, with 32% of the reports.
Almost one in 7 cases, or 16%, were about was gang rape and another 16% of the reports were for sexual harassment.
3 out of 5 sexual assault with asylum seekers as suspected offenders occurred in public places, 1 in 5 in private homes, 1 in 10 at refugee centres and 1 in 4 in unknown places.