Concern over rise in people seeking asylum from ‘safe’ countries

Number of new applications set for 15-year high as direct provision system struggling

An asylum seeker from a country regarded as safe is much less likely to be granted leave to remain in the State. Photograph: Frank Miller

An asylum seeker from a country regarded as safe is much less likely to be granted leave to remain in the State. Photograph: Frank Miller

The number of people seeking asylum in the State increased by more than one third in the first six months of the year when compared to 2018, a period when numbers reached a 10-year high.

The Department of Justice said it was concerned that many of those making claims for asylum in the State were originating from places classified as “safe countries”.

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