The Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB; Irish: Biúró Náisiúnta an Gharda Síochána um Inimirce) is a unit of the Garda Síochána, the police force of Ireland.[1] It was formed in May 2000, and is responsible for the enforcement of immigration law in Ireland.[2]

Formation and duties

The GNIB was formed in May 2000,[2] and is responsible for the execution of deportation orders, investigation of human trafficking complaints, investigation of language schools, countering illegal immigration and border control.[3] It also provides support and assistance to local Garda immigration officers throughout the country.

It operates immigration checkpoints at Irish airports and ports, except at Dublin Airport, where the facilities are operated by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.[4]

Organisation

The GNIB is headquartered at Burgh Quay in Dublin 2,[5][6] and reports to the Assistant Commissioner with responsibility for Special Crime Operations.[7] Its staff includes two Detective Superintendents, four Detective Inspectors, 24 Detective Sergeants, 180 Detective Gardaí and Gardaí, and 68 civilian staff.[citation needed]

The Minister for Justice has responsibility for both the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service and the Garda National Immigration Bureau.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Garda National Immigration Bureau". www.garda.ie. An Garda Síochána - Ireland's National Police Service. Archived from the original on 10 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Dáil Éireann debate - Vol. 526 No. 1 - Written Answers - Garda Operations". oireachtas.ie. Houses of the Oireachtas. 15 November 2000. Archived from the original on 25 September 2021. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  3. ^ Holland, Kitty (20 July 2017). "421 people committed to prison in 2016 on immigration-related issues". Irish Times. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Customs & Immigration Process | Dublin Airport". DublinAirport. Retrieved 23 August 2023.
  5. ^ "Immigration (GNIB)". garda.ie. An Garda Síochána. Archived from the original on 9 August 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Registration of non-EEA nationals". citizensinformation.ie. Citizens Information Bureau. 7 July 2020. Archived from the original on 15 August 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  7. ^ O'Keeffe, Cormac (29 December 2016). "200 garda boost for specialist crime units". Irish Examiner. Archived from the original on 13 December 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Immigration, International Protection and Citizenship Services". justice.ie. Department of Justice. Archived from the original on 31 July 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.