495. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if persons who are accepted to be Somali nationals since January 2017 have been issued with deportation orders and have been deported. [19169/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that a total of 16 persons who originally presented as Somali nationals have been issued with Deportation Orders since 2017.
As the Deputy will be aware, there are clear grounds in national and international law governing the granting of international protection. Before a Deportation Order is handed down, full consideration of all aspects of an applicant’s case are examined.
The Deputy might wish to note that when a Deportation Order is made and is served, the person concerned is legally obliged to remove themselves from the State and to remain out of the State. Many persons comply with the Order served on them but may not notify the immigration authorities that they have done so. The enforcement of Orders is an operational matter for the Garda National Immigration Bureau.