103. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in the determination of an IHAP proposal form in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38119/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The person concerned submitted a proposal under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) Humanitarian Admission Programme 2 (IHAP), which was received on the 26th June. The IHAP is a humanitarian admissions programme which gives persons granted International Protection in the State, and Irish citizens, the opportunity to apply to bring family members, who are nationals of one of the top ten major source countries of refugees, as listed in the UNHCR Annual Global Trends report, to this State.
Processing of proposals received under the IHAP is ongoing. All proposals have been acknowledged at this stage and proposers have been advised that they will be notified as soon as a decision has been made in their case. A large number of applications have been received, in respect of over 2,200 people. The Deputy will appreciate that given the volume received it will take some time to process and to carry out the necessary verification checks on proposals. Nevertheless good progress has been made, and consultations are ongoing with the UNHCR and the Red Cross among others in terms of the criteria and methodology used in processing.