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International protection migrant applicants rose a staggering 415% in 2022

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According to research conducted by the European Migration Network (EMN) Ireland, the number of individuals seeking international protection in Ireland accounted for 1.3% of the EU total in the previous year, reports RTE.

In 2023, more than 13,600 applications were submitted for international protection, which marks a significant increase from 2021 and 2019, with 415% and 186% respectively.

The EMN is a network that operates within ESRI to perform research on migration and international protection, reports RTE.

Their recent report has highlighted that the shortages in the labor market, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the lifting of Covid-19 travel restrictions have contributed to the increase in immigration to Ireland in 2022.

In the year leading up to April 2023, 141,600 people arrived in Ireland, representing a 31% increase from the previous year.

At the same time, emigration figures from CSO also increased, with 64,000 individuals leaving Ireland, indicating a 14% increase from the previous year.

The increase in international protection applications is significant since it represents the highest number of asylum applications ever recorded in Ireland and a substantial increase from previous years, reports RTE.


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