At the end of 2017 , there were 34 Asylum Centres spread accross 17 counties accommodating 5,473 asylum seekers .
2017 saw a 30% jump in the number of asylum seekers arriving with 2,926 arrivals compared to 2,244 in 2016 .
The top two Nationalities living in the centres at the end of 2017 were nationals of Pakistan and Nigeria .
At the end of 2017 , the top 3 counties of accomodation were Dublin, Cork and Meath and the top 3 locations for people claiming asylum were Mount street application centre (1978 persons) , Dublin Airport (812 persons) and Cloverhill Prison (57 persons) . The process
When an asylum seeker arrives in Ireland , they make their application for asylum to the International Protection Office (IPO) in Dublin .
They are given a Face to Face interview to present their case and make all their arguments to a highly skilled and trained officer within the IPO .
The IPO officer then examines all the evidence in detail and makes a recommendation to approve or reject the application .
If the officer considers the person is not a Refugee as defined by the Geneva Convention , they will also consider granting subsidiary protection , which is an EU Law that is - "complimentary and addtional to the rights enshrined in the Geneva Convention" .
The process is very thorough and fair .
This is what makes the following statistic so alarming .
Statistics published by the IPO (formerly known as ORAC) show that every year since the asylum system was introduced back in 2000 , on average just 8% of all Asylum applications are considered genuine by IPO officers .
|Year||Applications||Approved ||Percent |
|pre 2003 ||11,598||894||8%|
Presented with such facts , that just 8% of claims are considered genuine , is it not reasonable to expect that any government under such circumstances would be trying to close down centres rather than opening new centres?
Yet the opposite holds true , Over the course of 2017 two new centres were opened , Bridgewater house, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary in November followed by Linden House, New Road, Killarney in December .
In the coming Months another two new centres are expected to open , King Thomond Hotel in Lisdoonvarna in County Clare and the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey , County Leitrim .
On Wednesday Evening , the people of Lisdoonvarna voted against the proposed Asylum Centre by 197 votes to 15 . However , the Department of Justice has indicated it intends to push ahead with the plan regardless .
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