A swift decision to include other nations in the list of “safe countries,” branding it as a “crackdown” on individuals who erroneously apply for international protection.
Safe countries of origin are those where it can be demonstrated that there isn’t any threat from indiscriminate violence in instances of internal or external armed conflict, nor is there any evidence of persecution, torture, cruel or degrading treatment, or punishment.
Albania, Georgia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of), Montenegro, Serbia, and South Africa are the nations in question.
The Cabinet was informed in July of last year that the number of people applying for international protection entering these nations had decreased by 70%.
Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week, Minister McEntee said: “I want to make sure that those four out of 10 people that they can come here, that they know that they can come here, that we will offer them the protection that they need,” reports RTE.
“But the six out of ten who shouldn’t be coming this particular route, yes, in that sense, it’s a crackdown that they see they’re going to be processed quicker, now it’s in less than 60 days that they’re going to be turned around much quicker, their appeal as well, and that they’re not going to be successful,” she added, reports RTE.
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