PQ: Refugee Resettlement Programme

Tue, January 31, 2017

92. Deputy John Curran asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the amount of funding that has been allocated for 2017 to the refugee protection programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) was established by Government Decision on 10 September 2015 as a direct response to the migration crisis that had developed on the southern shores of the European Union. Under this decision a programme office was established in my Department to oversee the operational aspects of the programme, which aims to bring in 4,000 vulnerable migrants to Ireland under two different mechanisms, refugee resettlement – operated by the Office for Promotion of Migrant Integration (OPMI) – and asylum seeker relocation.

The IRPP deals with all aspects of a migrant’s life from the moment they are selected for relocation or resettlement to their transportation to Ireland and eventual settlement in the communities around the state. Consequently, the cost of the programme is spread across many government departments and state agencies and cannot be calculated without significantly impacting on resources in those Departments.

Within my own Department the costs of the programme are spread across several different areas including the Irish Refugee Protection Programme Office, the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration, the International Protection Office and the Reception and Integration Agency – many of which cover a wide range of activities beyond those specifically related to the IRPP. While it would be difficult to produce a detailed breakdown of funding across all Justice areas involved in the programme without disproportionately impacting on staff resources, I understand that the total funding for those aspects of the Programme being operated within my Department is in the region of €20 million.

It is expected that the pace of the programme will continue to increase during 2017. Accordingly the amount of funding and resources allocated to the various areas involved in its implementation will be kept under regular review.