17 October 2019
AGM 2019 PRESS RELEASE
At the recent AGM of Immigration control Platform the following motions were passed
1. Assuming that the decision to recommend permission to remain made in the International Protection Office cannot depend on the degree to which the deciding officer has a bleeding heart but must be based on some Department of Justice guidelines other than the very loose criteria in section 49 of the 2015 Act, those guidelines should be made such as to make permission to remain for those who are refused asylum or subsidiary protection a very rare occurrence.
2. Immigration Control Platform deplores the regression in the area of statistics available to the Irish public in in recent years concerning the numbers granted either asylum or subsidiary protection and seeks the disaggregation of the current figures which combine protection grants and permission to remain, so that the public may know how many applicants who have failed the protection process per se are nevertheless allowed to remain.
3. Immigration Control Platform deplores the fact that two effective amnesties for overstaying student visa holders, amounting to over 5,000 people, have now been granted; one by Minister Alan shatter in 2012 and one by Minister Charlie Flanagan in 2018 and calls on the minister to ensure that this never happens again.
Áine Ní Chonaill PRO