Almost 1,900 people turned away at ports
MORE than 2,000 people were deported or blocked from entering the State in the past year.
The bulk of the group, estimated at 1,890 out of the total of 2,250, were refused entry at air or sea ports and were returned to their last known address.
Another 210 failed asylum seekers and illegal immigrants were deported from Ireland, according to an annual immigration review published by Justice Minister Alan Shatter.
Nigeria topped the deportation list, followed by China, Mauritius, Albania and Pakistan.
A breakdown showed that 86 people were sent out of the country on charter flights and a further 124 on scheduled commercial aircraft.
The overall number has fallen significantly since 2011 when almost 4,000 illegal immigrants were either deported or removed from the State.
Meanwhile, there were 946 asylum applications in 2013, compared with 956 the previous year.
The number of applications lodged in 2002 was a massive 11,600.