254. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of applicants for international protection who have applied for, been granted or refused the right to work since June 2018 under regulation 11 of the European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26165/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018 which I signed into effect from 30 June, 2018, includes access to the labour market for eligible international protection applicants. The Regulations provide a wide access to both employment and self-employment in almost all sectors and categories of employment.
I am advised by Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of my Department that, since the introduction of the Regulations, a total of 3,920 international protection applicants have applied for a permission to access the labour market. Of those, 2,665 were granted a permission and 1,139 were refused as ineligible.
* Pending figure includes applications which have not reached 9 months, and those awaiting the return of requested supporting documents. The majority of cases pending are ultimately granted.