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Government claims the number of migrants arriving without documentation drops by 50% since December




The Justice Minister has said that from December 2022, the number of people arriving at Dublin Airport without valid documents will drop by more than 50%.

Speaking to RTÉ’s Drivetime, Simon Harris said the figure had dropped from 451 in December to 325 in January and 223 in February.

He attributed this to Gardai’s lack of posting “at airports in key locations across the world”, reports RTR.

However, Mr Harris declined to say where Gardaí is based overseas.

He said: “Watch the routes through which they see the largest amount of people arriving without documents. Those routes can change and as those routes change gardaí are agile in their response to it,” reports RTE.

Harris said the initiative is part of the 2023 Justice Plan that was released.

This includes a commitment to identify additional measures to prevent the travel of people who are “not allowed” to enter Ireland.

“We give out about 40,000 work permits a year. We have an International Protection Programme that is compassionate. The biggest thing we can do to help everybody, including people fleeing persecution, is (provide) faster processing times. A big focus on the plan we’re publishing today is increasing staff in the International Protection Office and reducing the time it takes to get a decision,” Mr Harris added, reports RTE.

The Justice Department said its 2023 plan outlines more than 140 actions in areas such as immigration, policing, antisocial behavior, and domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.

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