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New figures underline what a farce Ireland’s asylum system is

Did you know that in 2021 there were just 382 applications for asylum in the entire world from South Africa – and that 118 of those (almost a third) were in the Irish Republic?

Or that there are 27 people here in direct provision who came from the USA claiming asylum.

These and other fascinating insights from the data released by the International Protection Accommodation Services (IPAS) underline yet again, what an absolute farce our asylum system is.

The latest weekly statistics released show there were a total of 19,350 persons in IPAS accommodation on January 8. That includes a further 283 people who had arrived in the seven days since January 1.

The largest proportion of those arrivals in the New Year, as has consistently been the case, were single men.

Children comprised just 61 or approximately 21% of the total. Single adults represent almost 60% of the total.

The overall number of people placed in IPAS accommodation in the two weeks up to January 8 was 735, a daily arrival rate of 52 which would lead to an annual intake of over 19,000 this year, compared to 13,319 for the whole of 2022, if that trend continued.

It is also apparent from official figures that the numbers coming here prior to and separate from the Ukrainian situation, are not reflective of international wars and crises.

They are, in fact, directly related to economic factors. Previously, peak numbers were recorded in 2002 of 11,634 people coming here in the ‘Celtic Tiger’ boom – while the lowest number, 946 in 2013, was at the bottom of the post-bank-bailout recession.

So not only are the vast majority of applicants from safe countries, but they are obviously mostly economic migrants. The decline in numbers after 2004 was also a consequence of the new citizenship legislation.


Of those currently in accommodation, as has always been the case since the late 1990s upsurge in applications from countries like Nigeria, the main bulk of persons have come from countries in which there are no wars or other human rights crises to justify their claiming asylum here or in any other country.

Over half are people arriving here from five such countries of the 48 listed; Georgia, Nigeria, Algeria, Zimbabwe and South Africa.



All of these countries are democracies and none of them are currently experiencing war nor any other human rights emergency that justifies such numbers travelling to Ireland.

That is reflected in the extremely low rates of acceptance of applications from these countries, just 2.9% for Georgians, 10% for Algerians and under 30% for applicants from all of the others.

Even that does not quite reflect the situation in Ireland because in 2021 there were just 382 applications for asylum in the entire world from South Africans and 118 were made in the Irish Republic.

The same disproportion can be seen with regard to Zimbabwe where Ireland received the second highest number of applications globally.

And yet there remain 865 people from South Africa being housed at the expense of the Irish people, while over 1,700 are from Zimbabwe.

Those who argue that these people ought not be in emergency accommodation or direct provision centres are correct. It’s likely that most ought not be in the country at all.

The vast bulk of the cases clogging up the International Protection Appeals Tribunals also of course, as the IPAT chart shows, come from persons from safe countries who have been initially refused.


Statistics – IPAT (protectionappeals.ie)

Deportation is what would have happened to them anywhere else on the planet, including in South Africa which has deported huge numbers of illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe, and neighbouring Botswana which in 2021 accepted no applications from Zimbabweans.

Ireland rejected over 80% of the applications by people who travelled here from Zimbabwe, but they all seem to stay anyway.

In 2022, Ireland received well over 900 applications from Zimbabwe which was 50% more than the entire world in 2021.

When one adds in the several thousand others currently being accommodated by IPAS from countries that almost guarantee, as even Irish statistics prove, that they will be rejected, it points out what a farce the whole system is.

Why in the name of God are there 27 people who claim to be citizens of the United States even being considered?  Surely they and thousands more could be processed quickly and sent home.

Such an efficient process would lead to a complete end to the protests that have been taking place outside of emergency accommodation centres in the past number of months. Of the 154 accommodation centres currently in use, 108 are designated as emergency centres.

They could all be closed if the Irish state started to take the same approach as other European countries to the issues of illegal immigration, particularly where it is linked to the destruction of documents and the trafficking of migrants from safe countries.

All of the mostly dubious applications could be quickly processed and failed applicants deported where no valid grounds are presented. That, however, would only be possible by applying the same rigour to this as the state does to monitoring and adjudicating on the affairs of law abiding citizens in relation to revenue and so forth.

To expedite the asylum process would not only offend the sensibilities of a class that clearly despises in large part many Irish people, and which bizarrely instinctively identifies with unknown strangers rather than fellow Irish citizens, but has no compunction about hitting said Irish citizens in their pocket.

I say bizarrely, but of course as the Marxism For Dummies among them will claim, many phenomena have roots in economic factors.

In this case, much of the support for open borders comes from a lethal cocktail of: those who benefit in one way or another from cheaper labour and higher rents; the tens of thousands who benefit from all of this through the massive NGO sector; and a large proportion of the legal profession which earns millions through Bleak House-like appeals and reviews that almost inevitably follow the proper rejection of the majority of asylum applications here.

An initial hearing on an applicant’s written submission can take up to 18 months before the person is required to attend a personal hearing and of course a negative decision is almost inevitably followed by a lengthy – and immensely lucrative, for the legal and NGO businesses involved – appeals process.

As a postscript to all of this, and as an antidote to the impression being given by the entire weight of the mobilised Leinster House parties from “left” to “right,” and across every group and media outlet that ever got a few bob in grants from the state, concern about all of these things is neither confined to a small group of strange people in Ireland (as indeed indicated by a recent media poll) nor unique to Ireland.

A 2021 survey across a range of EU states showed that the majority of people are both unhappy with current policies on asylum and feel that their views are not being taken into consideration.

Interestingly, there was a large number of supporters of left parties including a majority or the main bulk of those surveyed in France, Austria, Germany and Italy who shared that opinion. Which has been reflected in the policies of Denmark which is currently governed by the Social Democrats and has set about implementing the most restrictive asylum regime in the EU.

An overwhelming majority of those polled said that they did not believe that Europe could cope with the 70 million projected immigrants suggested by the Commission’s Pact on Migration and Asylum of September 2020. A majority likewise supported the strengthening of national borders, and an overwhelmingly majority agreed with the proposition that it was better to assist refugees in countries closer to their own home.

Remember all of this, the next time someone with skin in the migrancy business is lecturing you about not being all European and internationalist and what not. And ask yourself the old question Cui Bono? Who benefits from all of this. Clearly most of our fellow Europeans do not believe that it is they who benefit.


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