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727. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Justice the number of applicants for international protection whose applications were declined in each of the past ten years who were subsequently deported; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13404/21]

Answer

Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): I can confirm that in line with the clear commitments that both I and the Taoiseach have given, the position remains that no further deportation orders are being enforced during the Covid-19 pandemic, except in circumstances where an individual may be a threat to national security, and whose presence in Ireland would be contrary to the public interest.
The table below outlines the number of effected Deportation Orders (DOs) by year as a result of refused asylum/international protection applications since 2011.
The number of effected DOs over any given period, is a combination of people deported or forcibly removed by the Garda National Immigration Bureau, as well as people who have left the State themselves on foot of a DO, in cases where this has come to the attention of the relevant authorities.
Refused applicants are notified of final decisions by the Ministerial Decisions Unit (MDU) of the International Protection Office (IPO). Annual figures of MDU refusals are also included in the table below.

Year MDU refusals DO’s effected on refused asylum cases
2011 1,044 5
2012 505 18
2013 343 16
2014 1,402 5
2015 2,006 21
2016 1,861 77
2017 378 46
2018 543 69
2019 1,749 133
2020 957 53
Total 10,788 443
These figures include cases where deportation orders were made under both section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and section 51 of the International Protection Act 2015.
The figures include international protection applications refused under the provisions of the Refugee Act 1996, the Subsidiary Protection Regulations 2006 and 2013 and the International Protection Act 2015.
The figures for deportation orders effected in a particular year will inevitably include orders made in a previous year. Question No. 728 answered with Question No. 724.