Friday 22 September 2017

Steve Jobs's father was a Syrian refugee - Ireland should seize its opportunity

Steve Jobs. Photo: David Paul Morris/Getty Images
Steve Jobs. Photo: David Paul Morris/Getty Images
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

It seems the most ironic of unintended consequences. Could President Trump's paranoia over Muslims see one of its main breadwinning engines - Silicon Valley - lose some of its genius to countries like Ireland?

One of the most quoted points about the current US immigration crisis is that Steve Jobs's father was a Syrian refugee. This is not lost on policy planners in institutions such as Enterprise Ireland.

If trying to enter US universities becomes too fraught for students from blacklisted countries in the Middle East, there's no reason why we shouldn't target some of those bright individuals for enrolment here. (It may even help to reverse the relative decline of our top third-level universities.)

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