Monday 1 May 2017

New poll shows that majority support undocumented workers in Ireland

A survey shows that most Irish people support increased rights for migrant workers
A survey shows that most Irish people support increased rights for migrant workers

Sarah Jane Murphy

Nearly 70pc of people support undocumented migrants right to live and work in Ireland, according to a new poll.

A Red C opinion poll, commissioned by the Migrants Rights Centre of Ireland, found 69 per cent believe that people without legal status should be afforded the chance to live and work in Ireland.

It was carried out at the end of June to gauge public views on migrant rights in Ireland.

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Additionally, 79pc of those surveyed were in favour of giving legal status to undocumented children.

Helen Lowry of the Migrants Rights Centre said that the situation here mirrors that of the 20,000 undocumented Irish in the United States.

"People have put down roots here, they are here long-tern and like the undocumented Irish in the US they have no access to services. They live in fear of a knock at the door and the threat of deportation."

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 The survey also found that 84pc feel that the undocumented Irish should have the right to live and work legally in the United States.

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice are set to scrutinise the findings of the opinion poll today.

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