Sunday 17 December 2017

Appeals after asylum refused are down 38pc

THE numbers applying to the Refugee Appeals Tribunal (RAT) after their applications for asylum were refused fell significantly between 2011 and 2012.

The 38pc drop is a continuation of a steady downward trend in recent years, tribunal chair John Ryan has said.

The tribunal received only 686 appeals last year compared with 1,106 the year before.

Most of the applications came from Nigerian nationals followed by Pakistan, Congo, Zimbabwe and Algeria.

In his annual report, Mr Ryan sad the EU Court of Justice had endorsed the independence of the tribunal, and it had broad discretion as it takes both questions of fact and law into account in assessing evidence.

The tribunal's running costs were just over €2m last year, with legal costs of €1,427,510 making up the greatest expenditure.

Irish Independent

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