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Asylum applications and refugees in Ireland

4,696 asylum applications were received from refugees in 2019 in Ireland, according to the UNHCR. Most of them came from Albania, Georgia and Zimbabwe. A total of 3,041 decisions were made on initial applications. Around 23% of these were answered positively. 77 percent of asylum applications were rejected in the first instance. Most successful were the applications from refugees from Syria and Libya.

In a second table below you will also find the refugees who have fled Ireland and applied for asylum in other countries.

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Development of incoming asylum applications in Ireland 2000 to 2019

The top line shows the total number of asylum applications (initial applications + follow-up applications). Below that are the number of refugees admitted (green) and the number of rejected applications (red).

Asylum applications from foreign refugees in Ireland

The total number of first and follow-up applications relates to the year 2019. Please note that the number of decisions (i.e. acceptances or rejections) does not have to match this, as there may be pending asylum applications from previous years. Also, not all applications have to be finally processed within a calendar year. In addition, asylum proceedings can also be discontinued if the applicant can no longer be found or if the application is withdrawn.


Asylum applications from refugees from Ireland

Ireland is one of the few countries to which not only refugees immigrate. In 2019 alone, there were 30 asylum applications for citizens from Ireland in foreign countries.


Share of immigrants in the population from 1980 to 2015

In 2015 there were 746,260 immigrants in Ireland. These are all residents who live permanently in the country but were born in another country. The number also includes recognized refugees, but not yet asylum seekers. The information is based on the one hand on the results of censuses and on the other on projections by the United Nations Population Department.
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