Immigration Into Ireland

Towards the end of the 1990s Ireland became a booming nation. The Celtic Tiger because it was known continued from 1995 to 2007. By 2000 on tens of thousands of non national workers and asylum seekers arrived to Ireland.

In 2005 the Irish citizenship laws were shifted to stop non nationals with Irish born children being allowed to remain in the nation. The Irish authorities also rallied on regulations relating to work permits because they expected to get employees from the enlarged European Union since 10 new states joined the EU on 1st May 2004.

Ireland has relatively few migrants because of its geographic position on the Western edge of Europe. The fact it is an island also cuts the amount of immigrants. Illegal immigrants include people who come into the country through Northern Ireland by the UK and a few researchers may not leave Ireland if their work permits expire and in addition, there are students who work over the legal limit of 20 hours per week. The most important threat against illegal immigrants is deportation. Ireland has repatriation agreements with Poland, Nigeria, Romania and Bulgaria and has sent a large number of people back to their own country of origin when they’d exhausted the legal process of applying to stay here.

The reason why that Irish companies wish to bring in non national workers is they have a skills and labour shortage. It’s also accurate to say that Irish people did not want to work in fast food restaurants, as cleansers and in other lower skilled jobs. There was also asylum Ireland of people with specific skills like nurses and physicians and these are utilized in private practise and in hospitals.

There is a difficulty in the fact that non nationals are used in lower skill occupations. The National Qualifications Authority has set up the National Framework of Qualifications to attempt to establish where degrees and diplomas from foreign academic institutions fit into Irish standards. Even the Economic Social Research Institute has completed a lot of work on migrant workers and they have produced reports on how non national workers have incorporated into the work force and whether or not they’re receiving the exact same promotional opportunities as Irish employees. Migrant workers are in danger of being exploited by unscrupulous companies.

Some people today say that as we’re now in recession we shouldn’t be worried about migrant workers, we should focus on the Irish people who have lost their jobs and are being forced to emigrate. I think that many of the people that are emigrating are professionals that want to broaden their expertise and make a better life for themselves in Canada or Australia. We also have a moral responsibility to folks who live and work in this country to give aid, be mindful of discrimination and the possibility of poverty and social exclusion.