The Department of Justice and Equality has published provisional figures on immigration-related processing activity in Ireland during 2013.
Key figures for 2013*
Registration of permission to remain in the State
- The number of non-EEA nationals with permission to remain in the State (for longer than 90 days) was provisionally 120,000 at the end of 2013 (compared to 121,000 in 2012).
- Top 6 registered nationalities were from:
- India (11%)
- Brazil (10%)
- China (9%)
- Nigeria (8%)
- USA (6%)
- Philippines (6%)
- In 2013, approximately 95,000 entry visa applications were received, an increase of 8% on 2012 figures. The approval rate for applications received in 2013 was 91%.
- Top 5 nationalities of visa applicants were:
- India (16%)
- Russia (15%)
- China (11%)
- Nigeria (6%)
- Turkey (5%)
Naturalisation / Citizenship
- 30,000 applications for citizenship were decided in 2013 compared to 25,000 in 2012 and 16,000 in 2011. A total of 18 citizenship ceremonies were held in 2013.
- In 2013, approximately 39,600 non-EEA national students (33% of total registered non-EEA nationals) were registered to study in Ireland.
- The breakdown by education sector was:
- 39% of students studying in Higher Education (Degree Programmes)
- 21% in further Education (non-Degree Programmes)
- 27% in language courses
- 13% other (e.g. secondary level education)
International Protection and Asylum
- Provisional figures show that 946 new applications for asylum were received in 2013 compared to 956 in 2012.
- Approximately 4,370 persons seeking international protection were accommodated in direct provision centres in Ireland in 2013 compared to 4,840 in 2012.
- 2,250 people were deported/removed from the State in 2013 including:
- 1,890 persons refused entry into the State at ports of entry and returned to the place from where they had come.
- 210 unsuccessful asylum applicants and irregular migrants who were deported.
- 84 asylum seekers transferred under the Dublin Regulation to the EU Member State in which they first applied for asylum.
- 63 EU nationals returned to their countries of origin on foot of an EU Removal Order.
- 425 people returned voluntarily of which 340 were assisted by the International Organization for Migration.
Immigration data sharing with the UK
- The details of 75,000 Irish visa applicants were cross-checked against UK records in 2013.
Department of Justice and Equality stated priorities for 2014:
- Reduce the backlog and length of time applicants are waiting for decisions on citizenship, visa and asylum applications.
- Reduce the time spent by Subsidiary Protection and Leave to Remain applicants in Direct Provision accommodation.
- Enactment of Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill.
- Introduction of new guidelines on Family Reunification.
The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD also stated that work on new immigration law is at an ‘advanced stage’ .
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* Figures are provisional