Department of Justice pays €160,000 to deport asylum seekers

DSV Air and Sea and Air Partners were paid for four chartered flights from Dublin

A Department of Justice spokesman said the  charters were run in conjunction with the European Union agency, Frontex. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A Department of Justice spokesman said the charters were run in conjunction with the European Union agency, Frontex. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

 

The Department of Justice paid nearly €160,000 to deport failed African asylum seekers on four chartered flights out of Dublin. However, the department refuses to say how many were carried on each flight.

The Co Kildare-based DSV Air and Sea Ltd and Air Partners plc were paid €154,573 for four chartered flights from Dublin. One DSV flight to Madrid, which linked up with a Nigeria-bound charter, cost €39,270.

Deportations

Air Partners plc was paid €58,900 for a charter flight to Rome which linked up with another Lagos-bound flight.

A department spokesman said it co-operated with other EU states to send asylum seekers back to their country of origin.

“These charters were run in conjunction with the European Union agency, Frontex.”

Besides the numbers deported by the State, 3,451 foreign nationals were refused entry at ports and airports. Brazilians and Albanians comprised nearly a 10th of the numbers each.