Almost 3,800 people were deported or removed from Ireland last year, according to figures from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).
The service’s 2015 report shows that a total of 3,790 people were sent away from the state, an increase of 60 per cent from the previous year.
Brazilian citizens formed the largest single nationality with 9.6 per cent, closely followed by those from Albania on 9.2 per cent.
Other significant proportions included Nigeria (7.5 per cent), South Africa (7.4 per cent) and Pakistan (six per cent).
The figure recorded includes some 3,451 people who were turned away at their respective points of entry and told to return to where they had come from.
There were also 251 failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants removed from the country last year, up from 111 in 2014.
Furthermore, on the back of a European Union Removal Order, 69 EU nationals were returned to their home country, while 19 asylum seekers were returned to the EU state in which they had first applied for asylum.