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Saturday 20 January 2018

Almost 90pc of migrants living in Ireland are employed

More than half of migrants living in Ireland have third-level education
More than half of migrants living in Ireland have third-level education
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

Not much is officially known about the undocumented migrants living in Ireland, but a new study has shed some light on who they are and how they live.

Almost 90pc of the migrants surveyed are employed, with almost one third working in care and domestic work. More than half have third-level education.

Some 84pc have been living in Ireland for over 5 years, and 43pc have children under the age of 18.

The migrants surveyed came from 32 different countries, but three quarters came from just three countries: the Philippines, China and Mauritius.

These figures were compiled by the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, who say they have worked with 5,632 undocumented migrants since 2006.

The MRCI estimate that there are between 20,000 and 26,000 undocumented migrants living in Ireland, some 2-6,000 of who are children.

They also claim that the failure to regularise these migrants costs the state €41,000,000 in lost direct taxes.

Last month, the MRCI addressed the Justice Committee and called for a regularisation scheme to allow undocumented migrants.

Edel McGinley, MRCI Director, said: “A straightforward, transparent scheme would give people the opportunity to come forward and apply to regularise their immigration status.

“The Irish government has supported similar proposals in the US over the years; continued inaction on the same issue here at home makes a mockery of their representations in the US.”

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