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Learning from past errors the key to success of new scheme to regularise migrants here

Alan Desmond


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Global issue: A migrant disembarks an Italian ferry, where he was quarantined and identified by police officers, in Sicily, Italy. Photo: Reuters

Global issue: A migrant disembarks an Italian ferry, where he was quarantined and identified by police officers, in Sicily, Italy. Photo: Reuters

Global issue: A migrant disembarks an Italian ferry, where he was quarantined and identified by police officers, in Sicily, Italy. Photo: Reuters

The endorsement by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party of the new Programme for Government on Friday, June 26, was a historic occasion for a variety of obvious reasons. One of the lesser discussed reasons is the commitment in the programme to regularise the status of undocumented migrants in Ireland.

Today's world is home to tens of millions of undocumented migrants, individuals present without permission in a country that is not their country of citizenship. Undocumented migration is the result of a complex set of factors, including the availability of work in destination states, lack of opportunity in countries of origin, and the failure of states to align their immigration systems with the realities of international migration by providing adequate channels for legal migration.


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