Thursday 21 September 2017

True cause of our housing crisis is stock, not immigrants

Letters to the Editor

Not enough social houses are being built to meet demand. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA
Not enough social houses are being built to meet demand. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA

In yesterday's Irish Independent, David Quinn referred to the need to have an open discussion about migration ('Huge scale of immigration is making our housing crisis worse'), something the Immigrant Council of Ireland is consistently promoting.

However, this discussion must be based on clear, honest information.

There is one clear cause of the housing crisis - insufficient housing stock. After the economic crash, the amount of new social houses coming on stream plummeted and we are playing catch up (poorly) for five years of grossly inadequate social housing build. Access to social housing lists is, in fact, very restricted for both EU and non-EU nationals living in Ireland. EU citizens need to prove they are workers under EU law. For non-EU citizens, access to social housing lists is limited to only a fraction of the non-EU population in Ireland, for example those married to Irish citizens or those who have been granted refugee status after fleeing a situation like that in Syria.

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