Monday, May 19, 2008

Over 7,000 foreign nationals ‘evading deportation’

Gardaí are unaware of the whereabouts of more than 7,000 foreign nationals who have been the subject of deportation orders, The Sunday Business Post has learned.More than 9,100 deportation orders have been handed down to foreign nationals since 2003, but just over 2,000 have been carried out. A spokesman for the Department of Justice said that the department was aware that ‘‘a substantial number of persons are evading deportation orders’’.The spokesman said it was not possible to provide an accurate estimate of the number of those who had since left Ireland of their own accord.

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