This report examines immigration related detention, refusals of leave to land at ports of entry and the issue of transparency and accountability in border management.
This report examines domestic legal rules and practice in light of international human rights standards and relevant EU law, detailing the gaps that exist. The research employs statistical information from the Irish Prison Service (IPS), Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS), the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB), the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC) / the International Protection Office (IPO), the Central Statistics Office (CSO), and other available sources, in addition to interviews with individuals who have experienced the realities of immigration-related detention in Ireland.
The report explores the factors that influence decision-making vis a vis the detention of immigrants including asylum seekers and people facing deportation, documenting best practice, as well as instances of problematic treatment of individuals, where found to exist. The project also examines the role of legal practitioners and makes the case for greater recourse to alternatives to detention in the immigration context.