Statistics from the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) show that Nigerians make up the largest Nationality living in Direct Provision Centres around Ireland (September 2018) , followed by Zimbabwe , Pakistan , Albania , Congo , South Africa , Georgia , while the top countries of origin for asylum seekers in Ireland in 2018 were Albania and Georgia .
Top Countries of Origin for Asylum Seekers entering Ireland in 2018
Safe Countries of Origin In April 2018 , The Department of Justice adopted a Safe Countries of Origin Order setting out the countries designated as safe countries of origin for the purpose of the asylum procedure.
Asylum seekers coming from designated safe countries of origin are less likely to be meet the definition of a refugee under the terms of the Geneva Convention and may have their claims prioritised subject to lower procedural guarantees compared to other applicants .
The Order lists Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYROM, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Georgia and South Africa as safe countries of origin.
However , Nigeria was not on the list . The UK lists Nigeria as a safe country of origin .
Over the history of asylum in Ireland , Nigeria which has a population of 190.9 million people
has been the top country of origin of asylum applicants .
Single Males and Single People make up 60% of Residents living in Direct Provision .
42 Centres in 18 Counties , 5,848 residents
At the end of October 2018, the RIA accommodation portfolio was comprised of a total of 37 centres and 5 temporary accommodation quarters throughout 18 counties with 5,848 asylum seekers . Cork , Dublin and Meath Largest Number of Asylum Seekers
Only 8% Genuine Refugees
Statistics from the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner , now called the International Protection Office show that Between 2001 and 2016 , Out of 54,315 asylum applications , just 8% were deemed genuine refugees following face to face interviews with the applicants .
Nigerian Priest - Nigerians who pose as refugees are "fraudsters"