Friday, June 18, 2010

Refusing Refugees

Ireland is no long a 'soft touch' when it comes to asylum seekers. Data from Eurostat released today shows that only 7.8% of applications by asylum seekers were approved - compared to an EU average of 19.2% (and 30% next door in the UK).

In Ireland, approval of asylum applications on the first instance of application are down from 30% in 2008 to 4% last year: the latter rises to 7.8% on appeal. We're not the lowest, mind you: Belgium, Spain and Norway are significantly lower. And Estonia seems to have a 'zero tolerance' thing going with refugees right now...

The numbers seeking asylum in Ireland are also down (from 7,250 in 2008 to 6,560 last year). So a lower rate of approval applied to a falling number means that asylum seekers account for a trivially small share of foreign nationals taking up residence in Ireland. Despite more negative attitudes towards immigration in Ireland in recent times, it seems unlikely that asylum seekers will be a source of concern for the foreseeable future.

1 comment:

  1. Only people who are already inside of the United States may apply for asylum. It does not matter whether you came to the U.S. illegally, came to the U.S. asylum immigration


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