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3,300 people claiming asylum have come to Ireland since October 

Some 3,300 migrants have come to Ireland since October claiming asylum, putting pressure on available accommodation and prompting the authorities to run a tender estimated at being worth €50 million for hotels to become asylum centres, according to a report in the Irish Times.  

The 421-bedroom JMK Holiday Inn at Dublin Airport is ” being lined up by the State to operate as an accommodation centre for asylum seekers,”  the report said. The hotel, a four-star property, was just seven months in operation.

The number of migrants applying for asylum has increased since the Covid crisis has eased. The International Protection Office says that, from figures released to October 2021, Nigeria and Georgia are the top two countries of origin for those claiming asylum. Neither country is currently experiencing war. In the period to October just 7% of those seeking asylum came from Afghanistan.

As previously reported on Gript: Green Party Equality Minister Roderic O’Gorman told the Dáíl that there has been a “significant increase” in asylum claims in Ireland as the government plans to offer subsidised own-door accommodation to asylum seekers and alleged refugees.

Minister O’Gorman said that “there has been a significant increase in the number of people coming to Ireland seeking international protection, particularly since the October-November period.”Notably, since late 2020, the government has been planning to offer “own-door” accommodation to asylum seekers after three months, with the plan set to come into effect by 2023.

Under the plan, local councils would be legally obliged to give anyone claiming asylum their own dwelling within three months using ring-fenced taxpayer funding.

In previous years’ analysis, it was found that 90% of asylum claims in Ireland were rejected due to insufficient evidence that the claim was legitimate.

Despite this, according to the ESRI, 80% of failed applicants remained in Ireland.

Additionally, it was found that two thirds of failed asylum seekers in Ireland had used false identities.


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