The Coalition is increasingly concerned about a spike in migrants coming to Ireland, with hundreds arriving via the United Kingdom in recent months.
Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has informed the Cabinet of her concern that increased immigration in recent months, particularly in conjunction with possible future increases, has the potential to put pressure on both public and immigration services.
Ministers believe many immigrants, the vast majority of whom are male, are arriving from Britain after travelling across Europe and others are coming across the Border from Northern Ireland.
Sources said an estimated 700 migrants had entered the country in the space of one month and a definite increase has been noticeable since the turn of the year. The rise has become more of an issue across Government in the past two months.