A TOTAL of 46 Nigerians were deported last night after they had failed in their bid to seek asylum status here.
Gardai from the National Immigration Bureau escorted the group onto a flight to Lagos at Dublin airport after an earlier spate of arrests across the country.
This is the 23rd charter flight to Nigeria. Last October 48 Nigerians were deported, while another 13 were returned to Lagos in September; a group of 35, including a convicted drug dealer, was sent back in June; a further 10 in May; and 30 in April.
Nine out of 10 asylum applications are deemed to be unfounded.