UN enters row over state’s official figures for asylum seekers

Department of Justice statistics show that it granted asylum to 85 per cent of people whose applications were processed last year, but the United Nations says the real rate is around 30 per cent

23rd June, 2019

Ireland’s asylum-seeker statistics bear no relation to reality, a leading United Nations agency has claimed.

The Department of Justice’s official statistics show that it granted asylum to 85 per cent of people whose applications were processed last year.

This was the highest approval rate for asylum applications in the EU in 2018, portraying Ireland as the state with the most open asylum policy of all 28 member states.

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