Helen McEntee was warned two years ago that Rwanda’s plan would make Ireland an “attractive alternative” for migrants.

At a briefing on the deportation, Minister Helen McEntee was told that while British policy towards Rwanda was “shrouded in legal action”, it was still likely to have a knock-on effect for other states.

He said it could make Ireland look like “an attractive alternative” or a “stepping stone” to later return to the UK permanently.

The briefing, which was prepared in 2022 as the department was considering ending the Covid-19 deportation moratorium, said the UK’s immigration policy would inevitably affect Ireland.

It said: “The first transfer of refugees from the UK to Rwanda has not yet been successful. He is currently mired in legal action.

“While it remains to be seen how successful the UK’s much-criticised attempt to outsource its migrant processing to Rwanda will actually be, (it could be that the possibility) of being deported to that state would make migrants to the UK They will think twice. and look for alternatives.”

The report said that if the UK managed to reduce or deter arrivals, neighboring states would feel the impact. “Ultimately, Ireland can be seen as an attractive alternative, or stepping stone to the UK through eventual Irish citizenship and the Common Travel Area at a later date. “Such behavior would not be new,” the report says.

The warnings about the Rwanda plan come as Justice Minister Helen McEntee said last week that at least 80 percent of migrants were crossing the border from Northern Ireland amid a diplomatic row with the United Kingdom over immigration.

The briefing also discussed the complexity of carrying out deportations, even in cases involving serious crimes. He said the only forced removals that took place during the pandemic were those where an individual was deemed to pose “an unacceptable risk to public safety.”

However, these have been few and far between, and can even still be detained by a person who makes a late application for international protection.

The officials wrote: “

“It is not desirable from a public safety perspective for persons with serious criminal records or other offenses deemed eligible for deportation to remain at large in this State for prolonged periods while the State deals with potentially vexatious applications.”

He also cited difficulties in getting certain countries to accept deportees back.

This was due to “pandemic-related issues, dysfunctional administrative capabilities, and a complete lack of willingness to cooperate.”

The moratorium on expulsions had also created another problem: deportation orders signed before the Covid-19 pandemic might no longer be as strong and could be subject to legal challenge. “The fact is that people’s circumstances change, and someone deemed eligible for deportation three years ago may now, for example, be married to an Irish citizen or have children born in Ireland.”

There were also questions about whether some of the people subject to older deportation orders were already here. “Ireland is not in a position to determine who has left the State as it has no exit controls,” the report said.

The Department of Justice was contacted for a response.