G v Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Respondent/Defendant:Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Court/s:High Court
Citation/s:[2004] IEHC 343, Unreported
Judgment Date/s:04 Nov 2004
Judge:Finlay Geoghegan
Category:Refugee Law
Keywords:Migrant (Economic), Refugee, Refugee Law, Refugee Status

The applicant sought to quash the decision of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal refusing him refugee status on the ground, inter alia, that the Tribunal erred in considering the relative balance between any economic motives he had in seeking to come to the State and his alleged fear of persecution and finding that he was more of an economic migrant.

The Court granted the applicant leave to seek judicial review and held that there were substantial grounds for his asserting that if a person was a refugee the fact that he might also be an economic migrant did not deprive him of his status as a refugee.


The fact that a refugee might also be an economic migrant does not deprive him or her of his or her status as a refugee.

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