New powers to crack down on illegal immigrants
Published 10/11/2015 | 02:30
Gardaí are to be given new powers to arrest and deport non-nationals who have failed to comply with their deportation orders.
Measures will also be introduced aimed at significantly reducing the period of time immigrants reside in direct provision centres.
As the first batch of refugees displaced as a result of the crisis prepare to arrive in December, the Government is cracking down on illegal immigrants.
Under measures being brought to Cabinet by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald today, gardaí will be given greater powers to enter properties and detain non-nationals who have deportation orders signed.
Sources say this amendment arises from the judgment of the High Court in the case of Omar v Governor of Cloverhill Prison.
Ms Fitzgerald's measures also allow for the current eight-week maximum period for detention to be extended where there are fresh grounds.
And those flouting deportation orders will be able to be detained at ports and airports for a short period.
Meanwhile, Ms Fitzgerald said last night work had begun on having reception centres ready ahead of the first batch of new refugees arriving in December.
She also said she had been in touch with the UK authorities about the increase in young Pakistanis and Bangladeshis seeking asylum in Ireland.
"We do have a large increase in numbers this year, admittedly from a low base, but what's very striking is the make-up of those numbers - where people are coming from," she said in Brussels.
"We have a very large percentage of that group - over 50pc - who are originally from Pakistan and Bangladesh. We are concerned about that."
It comes following reports of a spike of young men from these two countries travelling to Europe on student visas.