248. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons brought here under the EU relocation programme in 2015, 2016 and 2017 in tabular form. [5510/18]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I wish to inform the Deputy that the number of persons admitted to Ireland under the EU asylum seeker relocation programme in each year from 2015 to 2017 is as set out in the following table:

Year   Number
 2015 0
 2016 240
 2017 515

A further 259 asylum seekers will arrive from Greece under the relocation programme in the first three months of 2018. 
It should also be noted that the above numbers do not include programme refugees that have arrived or are scheduled to arrive from Lebanon under the Irish resettlement programme with UNHCR or indeed the additional programme refugee pledges that have been made in respect of the refugee resettlement programme for 2018 and 2019.