Ireland: Over 40% of asylum seekers arrived at Dublin Airport without any travel documents

A total of 40% of people seeking asylum in Ireland have arrived through Dublin Airport without any travel documents this year, according to local media.

The data reveals that during a period between January and July this year, around 2,915 people arrived at Dublin Airport and did not present their travel documents to border management officers, meaning that ‘they were prevented from disembarking, reports.

Of this total number, more than 2,232, or 77% of them, subsequently applied for asylum and were allowed to remain pending the assessment of their application. However, Dublin Airport has seen the highest number of undocumented arrivals over the years.

According to the data, the figures for the first seven months of this year are 40% higher than those recorded in 2021. In addition, the figures represent a 225% increase compared to the statistics of 2018 and almost double the figures of 2019. Persons under the age of 16 were not included in the data mentioned above. Meanwhile, the number of asylum seekers who flew to Dublin without passports represents 40% of the total of 7,760 who applied for asylum in Ireland between January and July 2022.

During this period, the total number of asylum applications increased by 778% compared to the figures for the same period last year.

Previously, data provided by the Central Bureau of Statistics revealed that in April, total net migration to Ireland reached 61,100making it the country with the highest population growth recorded in a single year since 2008.

According to statistics, the largest number of immigrants since 2007 have arrived in Ireland, with around 120,700 of them. At the same time, per emigrant, nearly 59,600 people left the country to live elsewhere.

This year, net migration to Ireland has increased to 61,100, whereas these rates remained at 11,200 over the previous year, representing an increase of 445%.

As the Bureau of Statistics explains, the five-fold increase in net migration has resulted in a 161% increase in population to 88,800 in 2022 from 34,000 in 2021.

In addition, the normally resident Irish population is estimated to be 5.1 million, with 1.45 million or 28.4% of the population living in the capital city Dublin.

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