506. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 279 of 29 May 2018, if only 0.5% of residents on direct provision have been in the asylum process for more than three years (details supplied). [25055/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): In relation to the response to Parliamentary Question No. 279 of 29 May 2018, it is important to note that the figures provided in that response relate only to those that have applied for international protection that have not yet received a first instance decision.
The report of the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) from December 2017, that is cited by the Deputy for comparison, relates to all persons residing in Direct Provision, regardless of whether they have had a first instance decision or not. Moreover, it is important to note that not all of those who apply for international protection choose to reside in Direct Provision accommodation and that there are also people residing in Direct Provision that are no longer in the protection process (such as those that have received international protection status or have Deportation Orders issued against them and are obliged to remove themselves from the State).
In response to the Deputy's question regarding those in the international protection process and residing in Direct Provision (regardless of whether they have got a first instance decision or at a later stage of the process), the percentage of such applicants resident for more than three years amounts to 8.3%.