ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Beneficiaries of international protection travelling to their country of origin: Challenges, policies and practices in Ireland

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February 28, 2019
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This report collates information on policies and procedures in Ireland that govern cessation and revocation of refugee and subsidiary protection, in instances where beneficiaries travel to the country of origin or contact national authorities of the country of origin. Irish law mirrors international and EU law and provides for cessation consistent with the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, under the International Protection Act 2015.  Nevertheless, while cessation is permitted under Irish law, it is not often applied in practice. Cessation of refugee and subsidiary protection status form grounds for revocation under section 52 of the 2015 Act. Certain revocations determined in accordance with the Refugee Act 1996 and the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006 are reviewed in the study. No decisions have yet been issued to revoke a protection declaration by the Minister under the 2015 Act.