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5,000 people with ‘false or no documents’ applied for asylum here in 2022

According to statistics just released by the Department of Justice, a total of 5,074 persons presented either “false or no documentation” from January to November of 2022 – and were then allowed to apply for asylum here.

The Department said that these people, were “initially refused [permission] to disembark but then went on to claim asylum. Almost 70% of the total were male – amounting to 3,506 applicants, while 1,568 or some 30% were female.

The numbers arriving each month rose sharply from the beginning of the year, with an average of 475 people without documentation arriving each month for 2022. 250 people arrived in January in contrast to 631 arriving in June.

The numbers were released under a Freedom of Information request to a Gript reader.

Gript has previously reported on this, and several TDs including Mattie McGrath and Matt Shanahan have raised this issue in Leinster House and been supplied with similar figures. What is also interesting is that there is a large discrepancy between the numbers that were reported to have arrived with no documentation to the end of July according to the FOI response – 3,218 and the 2,232 of 2,915 who were recorded as having presented no documentation to the end of July last in the FOI we reported on last August.

What remains evident is that this state remains liberal to the point of recklessness in admitting people who arrive in the country illegally, especially given that they could not possibly have been allowed to board a plane in the country from which they embarked without having presented a valid passport.

Given that the vast majority are flying into Dublin from an airport in another safe country, including their own in a minority of cases, then there is no reason why they ought not to be sent back.

That was supposed to be the consequence of the Irish state having opted out last year of the EU protocol that facilitated “asylum shopping.”  If the persons arriving here from other EU states and safe countries outside of the EU feel that they need protection, then they are supposed to be legally obligated to claim asylum in those states.

At that time the state clearly recognised that as an avenue for abuse, and that this was the reason why people were destroying their documentation, then it is under no obligation to tolerate the abuse, and ought to be sending all of those who cannot produce valid documentation back to where they came from.

In the small number of cases where the person might have a valid claim to asylum under the Dublin Rules, under which other EU states deport a multiple of the paltry numbers here who do not manage to chance their way in, that can both be quickly determined and of course such persons be admitted into the country.

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