An asylum seeker is someone who is seeking international protection but whose claim for refugee status has not yet been determined. A refugee is someone who has been granted the status to remain in the country under the 1951 Convention.
The application can be made if the person is in Ireland, and is unable to return to their home country because of fear of persecution.
The International Protection Office (IPO) will review the case. Any negative determination by IPO can be appealed to the International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT).
If the application is successful, the Minister for Justice and Equality will make a declaration that you are entitled to protection.
Requirements for eligibility to apply for asylum:
This persecution must be for one of the following reasons:
Applications for asylum can be made at any age. However, in cases of applicants under 18 and alone in Ireland, a social worker will help them decide whether an asylum application is in their best interest.
Note: Applications for asylum aren’t a guarantee to be successful. However, the person can appeal a negative decision.
Ireland does not accept asylum applications from citizens of other European Union member states.
Unless it is proven otherwise, the application will not be successful if:
A Safe Country of Origin is one that:
The Minister for Justice and Equality decides if a country is a Safe Country of Origin, in conjunction with the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
If the applicant applied for asylum in another country, they may be returned there for the application to be processed.