Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Asylum system broken - Fine Gael

The State has spent an average of €300 million handling and housing asylum applicants each year since 2002, according to new figures attained by Fine Gael.

Dennis Naughten, the party’s spokesman on immigration, said there are currently 14,131 leave-to-remain asylum applicants in Ireland and that, based on the current processing time of just over 2,000 applications a year, this backlog could take up to seven years to clear.

He said a total of €2.26billion has been spent processing asylum claims and accommodating asylum seekers in the past seven years.

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