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258. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 122, 124, 125 and 127 of 7 December 2017, if the information requested will be provided. [8787/18]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): In the Parliamentary Questions referred to, the Deputy sought information regarding Operation Gull dating back to 2008, as well as statistics relating to detentions, refusals of leave to land, and deportations.
In my original responses, I committed to exploring this matter further, and to getting in touch with you again.
It remains the case that An Garda Síochána have advised that gathering much of the data you have requested would require the expenditure of a disproportionate and inordinate amount of Garda resources and time. However, it has been possible to collate the following data relating to the top 10 nationalities refused permission to enter the State and the numbers for each of those 10 nationalities, overall numbers deported and the numbers transferred to another Member State under the Dublin Regulations.
Persons Refused Leave to Land (RLTL) for the years 2015, 2016 & up to 1 st September 2017.

Ref No. Nationality 2015 2016 1st Sep-17 Total
1 Brazilian 360 509 280 1149
2 Albanian 336 429 247 1012
3 South African 293 302 146 741
4 Pakistani 217 176 76 469
5 Chinese 180 109 48 337
6 American 176 257 129 562
7 Nigerian 159 118 52 329
8 Afghan 143 175 68 386
9 Malawian 134 17 4 155
10 Unknown** 127 127 98 352
Totals - 2125 2219 1148 5492
** Persons who were Refused leave to land, but confirmation of the country of origin could not be established.
Deportation & Transfer Orders successfully executed for the years 2015, 2016 & up to 1 st September 2017
Year Deportations* Transfers
2015 251 19
2016 428 42
2017 140 56
* Figures for deportations include those who left of their own volition.
I have referred this follow-up response to An Garda Síochána so that any further information they may have relevant to these matters can be provided by direct reply.