PQ: Immigration Controls

Tue, March 22, 2016

248. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set out the number of Syrian nationals refused access here in the five years since the start of the war in that country; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The information sought by the Deputy is being compiled and will be provided to him as soon as possible.

In general a person may be refused leave to land on one, or more, of the eleven grounds set out in Section 4(3) of the Immigration Act, 2004. Every person refused leave to land in the State is served with a notice in which the reason, or reasons, for refusing an application for permission to enter the State is set out.

I would advise the Deputy that persons refused leave to land and who are subsequently removed from the State are returned to their point of embarkation, which in most cases is within the EU. I would also point out that no commercial direct flights to Ireland are available from Syria.