The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service published Immigration in Ireland: Annual Review 2017.
Key figures for 2017
Migration to Ireland
- In 2017, 128,000 people from non-EU were legally living in Ireland (increase of 13,000 on 2016).
- In 2017, approximately 125,527 entry visa applications were received, an increase of 1% on 2016 figures. The approval rate for applications received in 2017 was 89%.
- Top 5 nationalities of visa applicants were:
- India (20.6%)
- China (13.4%)
- Russia (11.1%)
- Pakistan (5.1%)
- Nigeria (4.6%)
Registration of permission to remain in the State
- The number of non-EEA nationals with permission to remain in Ireland (for longer than 90 days) was 108,000 in 2017.
- Top 5 registered nationalities were from:
- Brazil (14.6%)
- India (13.5%)
- China (9%)
- USA (7.4%)
- Pakistan (5.7%)
- 8,199 citizenship certificates issued in 2017.
- Top 5 nationalities awarded citizenship were:
- Poland (16.5%)
- Romania (9.3%)
- India (8.1%)
- United Kingdom (6.5%)
- Nigeria (8%)
International Protection and Asylum
- 2,926 new applications for asylum were received in 2017.
- 5,096 persons seeking international protection resided in State-provided accommodation.
- Top 5 countries of application:
- Syria (19%)
- Georgia (10%)
- Albania (10%)
- Zimbabwe (9%)
- Pakistan (7%)
Refugee Resettlement and Relocation programmes
- In 2017, 515 people transferred from Greece under the EU relocation programme.
- 792 refugees have been resettled in Ireland at the end of 2017, under EU resettlement programme.
- 3,968 people were deported/removed from Ireland in 2017 including:
- 3,746 persons refused entry into Ireland at ports of entry and returned to the place from where they had come.
- 140 unsuccessful asylum applicants and irregular migrants who were deported.
- 56 asylum seekers transferred under the Dublin Regulation to the EU Member State in which they first applied for asylum.
- 82 EU nationals returned to their countries of origin on foot of an EU Removal Order.
- 181 people returned voluntarily of which 96 were assisted by the International Organization for Migration.
Department of Justice and Equality stated priorities for 2018 include:
- Continue to participate in Brexit discussions.
- Implement the EU Passenger Name Records Directive (May 2018).
- Implement the EU (recast) Reception Conditions Directive.
- Improve immigration controls and security at ports of entry.
- Improve processing rate for international applications.
- Review immigration legislation and systems.
- Administer the Immigration Investor Programme.
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