Number of asylum seekers given leave to stay up by 60%

The number of asylum seekers being granted leave to remain in the State has increased by more than 60 per cent since last year, while the number of deportation orders being quashed is also up, figures from the Department of Justice show.

The figures indicate that a Government report on reforming the asylum system, published in June but yet to be adopted by Cabinet, is “being implemented informally”, Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said.

The figures show that up to October 26th, 864 people had been granted leave to remain in the State this year – a rate of 86 people a month.

This compares with 633 people (53 a month) in 2014, and 604 people (50 a month) in 2013.

Leave to remain is granted at the discretion of the Minister for Justice, usually on humanitarian grounds, to people who have not been deemed eligible for asylum or subsidiary protection.

The number of deportations rescinded per month is also up, with 239 orders rescinded by October 26th of this year – a rate of 24 per month.

This compares with last year, where 255 orders were rescinded (21 a month) and the 232 orders rescinded in 2013 (19 a month).

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