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Assistance to Irish citizens abroad

In 2018 the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provided support to over 2,300 Irish citizens in distress abroad. This involved assisting in a range of situations including arrests, missing persons, mental health, welfare concerns, and serious injury. Sadly, almost 300 families required the services of the Department following the death of a loved one abroad.

Consistently high numbers of Irish people have needed help in recent years as they travel more – and more widely – than ever before. This presents fresh challenges for the Department as we seek to continue improving the assistance we provide to Irish citizens, and to consistently ensure that staff in our global network of Embassies and Consulates around the world provide a highly professional service.

All Missions

2015

2016

2017

2018

Arrest

227

402

316

371

Child Abduction

30

40

36

15

Child Welfare

2

56

55

46

Death

272

250

320

292

Deportation

68

85

90

74

Medical

166

311

343

335

Mental Health

43

76

93

77

Missing Person

3

149

96

103

Other

502

897

749

620

Prisoner

59

58

68

50

Victim of Crime

6

168

151

143

Welfare

228

248

280

217

Total

1606

2740

2597

2343