3 year Backlogs In Processing Of Immigration Claims Inhumane
Aontú Leader & Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has decried the current immigration system which has left vulnerable applicants in constant limbo and uncertainty with no access to supports whilst their claim is being processed.
I submitted a parliamentary question to the Minister for Justice & Equality on the matter of reviews of residents exercising family members’ rights. The Minister replied that there were cases from May of 2017 still under review, and that 76% of applications are waiting over a year for a decision. That means of the 2’283 cases at the EU Treaty Rights review stage, 1’751 are waiting over a year for a review decision to be made. The Minister also stated that due to Covid-19 the reviews have been significantly disrupted. I have been working with a number of people in this situation. It is an extremely unfair situation to leave people in who cannot work and who have no financial or economic supports.
This is happening purely and simply due to the lack of resources assigned to the processing of the reviews. On a humane level its completely unfair to leave people in such limbo. We are used to seeing inordinate and inhumane delays facing applicants in the Direct Provision system but it is happening in other areas of the immigration system. Timely reviews and decisions are what’s needed and I am calling on the new Minister for Justice to make this happen.