Refugee Act 1996

Revocation of declaration.

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21. (1) Subject to subsection (2), if the Minister is satisfied that a person to whom a declaration has been given—

( a) has voluntarily re-availed himself or herself of the protection of the country of his or her nationality,

( b) having lost his or her nationality, has voluntarily re-acquired it,

( c) has acquired a new nationality (other than the nationality of the State) and enjoys the protection of the country of his or her new nationality,

( d) has voluntarily re-established himself or herself in the country which he or she left or outside which he or she remained owing to fear of persecution,

( e) can no longer, because the circumstances in connection with which he or she has been recognised as a refugee have ceased to exist, continue to refuse to avail himself or herself of the protection of the country of his or her nationality,

( f) being a person who has no nationality is, because the circumstances in connection with which he or she has been recognised as a refugee have ceased to exist, able to return to the country of his or her former habitual residence,

( g) is a person whose presence in the State poses a threat to national security or public policy (“ ordre public”), or

( h) is a person to whom a declaration has been given on the basis of information furnished to the Commissioner or, as the case may be, the F62 [ Tribunal ] which was false or misleading in a material particular,

the Minister may, if he or she considers it appropriate to do so, revoke the declaration.

(2) The Minister shall not revoke a declaration on the grounds specified in paragraph (e) or (f) where the Minister is satisfied that the person concerned is able to invoke compelling reasons arising out of previous persecution for refusing to avail himself or herself of the protection of his or her nationality or for refusing to return to the country of his or her former habitual residence, as the case may be.

(3) ( a) Where the Minister proposes to revoke a declaration under subsection (1), he or she shall send a notice in writing to the person concerned of his or her proposal and of the reasons for it and shall at the same time send a copy thereof to the person’s solicitor (if known) and to the High Commissioner.

( b) A person who has been notified of a proposal under paragraph (a) may, within F62 [ 15 working days ] of the issue of the notification, make representations in writing to the Minister and the Minister shall—

(i) before deciding the matter, take into consideration any representations duly made to him or her under this paragraph in relation to the proposal, and

(ii) send a notice in writing to the person of his or her decision and of the reasons for it.

(4) ( a) A notice under subsection (3) (a) shall include a statement that the person concerned may make representations in writing to the Minister within F62 [ 15 working days ] of the issue by the Minister of the notice.

( b) A notice under subsection (3) (b) (ii) shall include a statement that the person concerned may appeal to the High Court under subsection (5) against the decision of the Minister to revoke a declaration under subsection (1) within F62 [ 15 working days ] from the date of the notice.

(5) A person concerned may appeal to the High Court against a decision of the Minister under this section and that Court may, as it thinks proper, on the hearing of the appeal, confirm the decision of the Minister or direct the Minister to withdraw the revocation of the declaration.

(6) A person concerned shall not be required to leave the State before the expiry of F62 [ 15 working days ] from the date of notice of a proposal under subsection (3) and, if an appeal is brought against the decision of the Minister, before the final determination or, as the case may be, the withdrawal of the appeal.

(7) The Minister may, at his or her discretion, grant permission in writing to a person in respect of whom a declaration has been revoked under subsection (1) to remain in the State for such period and subject to such conditions as the Minister may specify in writing.