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585. Deputy Pa Daly asked the Minister for Justice the monthly number of refusals for permission to remain by total figures; and the number of years each applicant who was refused has been within the international protection system. [34531/20]

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Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): My Department looks at all international protection applications made in the State on a case by case basis in accordance with the legislation, the International Protection Act 2015. If an applicant fails in their International Protection claim, they may seek humanitarian leave to remain. Each consideration takes into account a number of factors as set out in section 49 of the Act.
Since the International Protection Act 2015 commenced on 31 December 2016, the International Protection Office has carried out the function of considering Permission to Remain (under section 49 of the 2015 Act), in respect of those applicants who have been refused international protection at first instance.
The statistics below are correct as of 6 November 2020, but may be subject to data cleansing.
Table 1

Refusal of Permission to Remain Year Decision
Month Decision 2017 2018 2019 2020 to end September Grand Total
Jan 117 109 229
Feb 130 21 242
Mar 144 164 147
Apr 2 170 194
May 46 216 218
Jun 60 154 201 18
Jul 95 137 225 204
Aug 120 147 175 189
Sep 143 132 198 144
Oct 135 161 199
Nov 146 190 231
Dec 84 129 147
Grand Total 831 1827 2082 1173 5913


Table 2 below sets out by date the number of persons refused permission to remain following a review of a negative permission to remain decision. It should be noted that there were no permission to remain reviews completed during 2017.
Table 2 *
Year Decision
Month Decision 2018 2019 2020 to end September Grand Total
Jan 7 86
Feb 65 55
Mar 2 37
Apr 4 16
May 38 8
Jun 16 75
Jul 26 55
Aug 50 97
Sep 15 44 37
Oct 53 61
Nov 37 43
Dec 59 60
Grand Total 298 533 215 1046

* Persons in this table are included in table 1 .
Table 3 below shows the number of years each applicant has been within the international protection system. These figures include decisions made under Table 2 (PTR Review decisions).
Table 3
Number of years from date of application to date of permission to remain refusal No. of applicants
0 1395
1 2510
2 1788
3 744
4 391
5 106
6 7
7 4
8 6
9 3
10 4
12 1
Grand Total 6959

As can be seen from the figures in Table 3, over 92% of all refusals to remain (including reviews of earlier refusal decisions) are considered within 3 years of the date of application. The length of time stated in the table is not the time taken from application to the issuing of a first instance decision rather the total time an application is in the process. This can include time in respect of an appeal, where an applicant has appealed a first instance recommendation in respect of their international protection application and where an applicant may also have challenged a decision by way of Judicial Review, which can significantly increase the processing times to final decision stage of an application.