This study maps how data are collected during the international protection procedure in Ireland. From biographical data such as name and date of birth, to biometric data such as fingerprints, to details on the grounds of the protection claim, data are collected throughout the various phases of the international protection procedure. This study examines what data are collected in each phase, the methods used, and the authorities involved. It also examines data sharing and cross-checking, along with data protection safeguards, quality checks and the ongoing challenges in data management.
This study is based on information gathered for the Irish contribution to the European Migration Network (EMN) synthesis report, Accurate, timely, interoperable? Data management in the asylum procedure, which was carried out by EMN National Contact Points during 2020. The EMN synthesis report details how data are collected, processed and protected during the making, registering, lodging and examining of an asylum claim across EU Member States and in Norway. The purpose of this national study is to provide a detailed picture of how data are managed in comparable phases of the international protection procedure in Ireland.