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Assistance to Irish citizens abroad

In 2017 the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade provided support to over 2,500 Irish citizens in distress abroad. This involved assisting in situations involving missing persons, mental health welfare concerns and arrests. Regrettably, this figure also includes over 300 bereavements of Irish citizens overseas, the highest number of deaths the Department has ever dealt with in a single year.

It is clear that more Irish people are travelling overseas than ever before and this presents fresh challenges to officials in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to ensure that we continue to provide a world class service for our people across the globe. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides a range of help and support to citizens in distress abroad and we are committed to constantly improving how we provide this assistance, and to ensuring that our staff across our global network of Embassies and Consulates act in a highly professional manner at all times.

All Missions 2015 2016


Arrest 227 402 316
Child Abduction 30 40 36
Child Welfare 2 56 55
Death 272 250 320
Deportation 68 85 90
Medical 166 311 343
Mental Health 43 76 93
Missing person 3 149 96
Other 502 897 749
Prisoner 59 58 68
Victim of crime 6 168 151
Welfare 228 248 280
Total 1606 2740 2597