Ireland accepts just 495 of 185,000 refugees
Published 13/05/2015 | 02:30
Ireland only accepted a tiny proportion of the 185,000 asylum seekers granted protection in the European Union last year.
Official figures from Eurostat show that just 495 asylum seekers were granted refugee status or similar protection here last year. This equates to just one in every 400 across the EU. Some 225 people were awarded refugee status in Ireland and 270 got subsidiary protection.
And despite the continued war in Syria, which resulted in 68,400 refugees from there being granted protection in the EU, it fell to other countries to shoulder most of that burden.
The number of Syrian refugees in Europe has quadrupled since 2012, with Germany granting protection to 25,700 Syrians in 2014 and Sweden to 16,800.
Afghanistan and Iraq were the biggest source of refugees granted protection in Ireland last year with 55 each, followed by Sudan with 40.
In 2014, Germany awarded protection to 47,600 asylum seekers, Sweden to 33,000, France to 20,600 and Italy to 20,600.