According to the European Commission, there were just 298 deportations from Ireland in 2019. Of that number, 255 chose to return voluntarily. As readers will know, in this country (inexplicably) deportation is usually left up to the whim of the person to be deported, even when that person has been convicted of a series of criminal offences, and even where the court has made a that person’s departure a condition of the terms of their release. This was the case recently regarding Angolan sex offender Chico Makamda.
There are around 12,000 people still wandering about Ireland who have been told, some of them the best part of 20 years ago, that they are to leave. The odds against actually being sent home, or deciding to comply with the order to leave are bigger than those of the Dublin hurlers winning the All-Ireland.
In fact, far from going into hiding after being presented with a deportation order, some of them are political activists employed by various NGOs. Hiding in public as it were.
To lend some cover to the farce, the Department of Justice employs the services of the United Nations International Organisation for Migration for “Repatriation Expert Support”. The IOM has an annual budget of more than $2 billion, but in common with a whole range of people involved in the migrancy business, you will be glad to know that some of your own few bob goes directly to them.
In 2019, the IOM here assisted 106 people who had decided to leave after being told to. For their troubles, the Department bunged them €1,313,455 of your cash. Which works out at €12,391 per departee. What do they spend it on? Do they go on a world cruise first? Or enjoy a few weeks in Davos shooting the breeze with George and the boys at one of their migration think-ins?
Sounds to me that if you treat Ireland as the location for an extended holiday at the expense of the hosts, and that if you do decide to leave after being pinched by the guards, then you will not have been at a loss.
Anyway, that aside, 2020 was an even better year for the IOM boys and girls. The reason being that despite the lockdown and a virtual freeze on all deportations their whack of your tax dollars increased to €1,477,616. There must be a good reason why that was so, but I can’t think of any off the top of my head. Bear in mind too, that the actual costs of flying the chancers home is a separate cost, not paid for by the IOM, but also by yourself. Stout person that you are.
Another fun fact from the Department statistics is that an impressive €5,823,890 and 17 cents was spent between January 1, 2019 and the end of 2021 on ordering pizzas from D&A Pizzas, better known as Apache Pizzas, whose headquarters are in Cork. That works out at close to €500 a year for every person currently in Direct Provision. That’s a lot of pizzas.
The overall cost of this caper now runs into the billions, and that is just in the direct costs that we know of. Added to that are the huge sums that support the NGO migrancy companies, as well as the large legal bills that are sent to us by a legal clique whose support for all of this is hardly a mystery. As the above taster indicates, there are a few people who are doing very well from it all. I shall be providing more details on this tomorrow.