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189. Deputy Pa Daly asked the Minister for Justice the monthly number of applications, approvals and refusals for permission to remain since the commencement of the International Protection Act 2015 in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35649/20]

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Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): Since the International Protection Act 2015 (the 2015 Act) 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.
Table 1 provides the applications made for the years 2017-2019 and to end September 2020 as well as those cases that were on hand in the former Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner at the commencement date and which were transitioned to the new body for processing. The figures provided are those available as of 10 November 2020.
Table 1: Applications for International Protection

Applications for international protection
Month Application Transition cases pre-

2017

2017 2018 2019 2020
Jan 246 162 312 411 306
Feb 247 221 288 344 246
Mar 226 214 375 368 177
Apr 266 171 221 344 30
May 245 294 219 385 16
Jun 321 212 234 383 41
Jul 318 179 301 445 107
Aug 416 217 327 414 118
Sep 450 334 365 668 173
Oct 379 311 377 436
Nov 543 297 309 289
Dec 605 308 346 294
Grand Total 4262 2920 3674 4781 1214

Table 2 – Decisions to grant permission to remain at first instance for the years 2017-2019 and to end September 2020
Grants Year Decision
Month Decision 2017 2018 2019 2020 (up to 30.09.2020)
Jan 20 8 15
Feb 25 3 16
Mar 13 30 11
Apr 14 35
May 16 53
Jun 1 4 31
Jul 3 20 35 29
Aug 4 22 19 28
Sep 4 10 13 35
Oct 12 20 15
Nov 34 20 8
Dec 8 14 16
Grand Total 66 198 266 134

Table 3 – Decisions to refuse permission to remain at first instance for the years 2017-2019 and to end September 2020
Refusals Year Decision
Month Decision 2017 2018 2019 2020 (up to 30.09.2020)
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

Table 4: Decisions to grant permission to remain following a review for the years 2017-2019 and to end September 2020
PTR Review Grants 2017 to 30.09.2020* Year Decision
Month Decision 2018 2019 2020 (up to 30.09.2020)
Jan 2 14
Feb 14 24
Mar 13 10
Apr 1 16
May 6
Jun 28
Jul 38 1
Aug 14 27
Sep 9 30
Oct 19 6
Nov 9 4
Dec 20
Grand Total 29 170 106

Table 5: Decisions to refuse permission to remain following a review for the years 2017-2019 and to end September 2020
PTR Review Refusals 2017 to 30.09.2020* Year Decision
Month Decision 2018 2019 2020 (up to 30.09.2020)
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