Meath-West TD calls out handling of 'refugee process'

May 30, 2023 17:10 By News Northern Sound
Meath-West TD calls out handling of 'refugee process' Meath-West TD calls out handling of 'refugee process'
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'This government mismanagement is creating real division in Irish society'

Only 15% of migrants in receipt of a deportation order are confirmed to have deported. That's according to Aontú leader and Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín.

In a statement issued to Northern Sound, Deputy Tóibín believes the manner in how the government has handled the refugee process has been a "disaster."

Deputy Tóibín stated that government mismanagement is creating "real division" in Irish society and that deportations are a perfect example of that dysfunction.


He added that there must be a process at airports or at ferry ports to identify and record when a person with a deportation order has left the country.

"According to an parliamentary answer I received from the Minister for Justice, the deportation system in Ireland is in practical terms a voluntary one," explained Deputy Tóibín.

"The government can only be certain that 15% of people who received a deportation order have actually deported. Since 2018 5091 people have received a deportation order and yet the government can only be certain that 783 people actually left the country. It is hard to overstate how ridiculous this is."

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