Figures released to RTÉ News from the Garda National Immigration Bureau show 124 migrants were found at Irish ports over the past two years trying to enter the country.
The migrant crisis across Europe has resulted in hundreds of thousands of people leaving their homes, in many cases they are fleeing war and conflict.
Ireland has pledged to take in around 4,000 people under a relocation programme.
The figures given to RTÉ News today relate to migrants apprehended at ports attempting to enter the country illegally.
Sixty-three were detected in 2015, and 61 so far this year.
The majority, 95, were discovered at Rosslare Port, with 28 at Dublin Port and one at Waterford Port.
More than half said they were from Afghanistan, a total 80 people.
Fifteen said they were Kurdish, 13 Iranian, six Albanian and four from Pakistan.
The rest were made up of Sudanese, Libyans, Kuwaitis and Iraqis.
It is unclear how many applied for asylum and how many got sent back to the port they had come from.