95. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will report on the progress of family reunification for refugees from Syria here as part of resettlement and relocation programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5668/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of my Department that Syrian nationals who arrived in the State as part of the resettlement programme and those who arrived as part of Ireland's relocation programmes and have been granted International Protection can apply for family reunification under the provisions of the International Protection Act 2015.
I am assured that such applications are processed as expeditiously as possible. However, if the Deputy has a query in relation to the status of individual family reunification application this can be made directly to the INIS of my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been established specifically for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.