I'm curious to know Ray why you would "hate" for anyone to conclude that asylum applications had anything to do with the economy. What's so terribly wrong with such an opnion? Isn't it the case that the mass migration - both legal and illegal - into Ireland began in the mid to late 1990's just as the Celtic Tiger was roaring? Isn't it likely that those who couldn't enter the country legally might have used the asylum process? And how do you explain that asylum seeking in Ireland was virtually non-existant before the economy boomed?
I'd hate somebody to draw that conclusion because according to the statistics that I provided, it would be a wrong conclusion to draw!
You are entitled to your opinion that there was a drop off in levels of asylum seekers due to the economic downturn. This is what you said.
Yeah, it's quite remarkable how the levels of opression of various peoples in certain African countries seems to fluctuate with the fortunes of our economy!
I have provided you with information that clearly shows that there is no obvious or direct relationship between the number of asylum seekers and the prevailing economic conditions over the last number of years. Are you going to withdraw the statement above or are you happy to leave it out there?
As for asylum seeking in the 90s or earlier. I have no problem accepting that it increased to a level and then decreased. I don't know why it increased in the first place, perhaps that was related to the economy, perhaps it was related to the opening up of transport links to Ireland, perhaps it was related to people knowing people here already, perhaps asylum seekers had never knew Ireland existed until the 90s. Provide some data about the numbers of asylum seekers during the 90s and we can extend the scope of the debate.