Deportation rate doubles for failed asylum seekers
THE deportation rate for failed asylum seekers almost doubled in the past year, new figures show.
This resulted in a total of 236 deportations to non-EU countries in 2009, compared with 129 in the previous year.
Figures published officially today also show that an additional 202 failed asylum seekers, who would otherwise have been removed from the State, opted for help in returning home voluntarily.
And another 243 asylum applicants were transferred to other European states after being caught "asylum shopping", where they seek status as a refugee in two or more countries.
This statistic represented a 61pc success rate for transfer orders signed by Justice Minister Dermot Ahern in 2009.
Officials said Ireland's success rate was high by European standards and was due mainly to a number of strategies that have been adopted to improve the system here.
Today's figures will show a fall of 30.5pc in the numbers seeking asylum in 2009, dropping from 3,866 in 2008 to 2,689. There were 1,758 male and 931 female applicants.
The top five source countries were Nigeria (21pc), Pakistan (10pc), China (7pc), Democratic Republic of Congo (7pc) and Zimbabwe (3pc). In contrast to the drop here, about half of EU member states have experienced an increase in application numbers.