Antonio Guterres, UN High commissioner for Refugees has said that Ireland would benefit from a simpler asylum process. Ireland has one of the lowest numbers of successful asylum applications in the EU.
He was in talks last week with the Department of Justice and Equality that “in relation to potential improvements in the Irish asylum system, namely the possibility, through legislation, of the simplification of procedures”.
He mentioned that sought also to “improve the quality of the decisions”.
He noted that “In Ireland, I would say that the tradition is of a very strict approach to these things and what is now being discussed is how to have a more nuanced approach.”
In addition he expressed “deep gratitude and appreciation” of Irelands continued support of his office despite its economic difficulties.