Some figures released by Shatter today.
-Of the approximately visa 88,000 applications received, 91 per cent were approved.
The top five nationalities that applied for visas were as follows:
India (16 per cent)
Russia (14 per cent)
China (11 per cent)
Nigeria (eight per cent)
Turkey (five per cent)
Where are these people getting jobs?
- Over 25,000 applications for citizenship were decided on in 2012
There were 38 citizenship ceremonies held in 2012.
- There are approximately 31,400 non-EEA students currently registered for study in Ireland. Of these, 38 per cent are in degree courses, 26 per cent in non-degree courses, 28 per cent in language courses and nine per cent in other study, which includes secondary level education.
The 'English language school' racket used by non EU students to circumvent immigration law continues unabated.
- Deportations totalled almost 2,700 in 2011, of which 2,260 were refusals at various ports of entry.
How can one be deported from a country they have yet to enter - there were 440 actual deportations in 2012.