Monday 11 December 2017

Immigrants stay put despite recession

Louise Hogan

A MASSIVE 'exodus' of immigrants who made Ireland their home has not materialised due to the recession, new research has found.

However, unemployment has been rising faster amongst new EU member state migrants than amongst Irish workers, the study from the Trinity Immigration Research Programme revealed.

"With the recession, new mass immigration to Ireland has ended. However, contrary to some expectations, the immigrants have not gone home," said Professor James Wickham, chairman of the Trinity Immigration Initiative.

He said the findings of the report showed the past 10 years had "changed Ireland irreversibly into a much more diverse society".

Prof Wickham said a realistic migration policy was needed that was concerned with more than managing "labour supply".

Also, one of the biggest challenges posed by immigration is ensuring the children of immigrants can access mainstream education, the report said.

This comes as teachers warn against further erosion of English-language support for children.

Figures show the number of extra teaching support staff to help children whose first language is not English has been slashed by nearly 500 in primary schools over the past year.

Irish Independent

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