Monday 19 February 2018

We should be paving the way, not putting up barriers to foreign talent and investment

A lot more must be done to attract growing numbers of new companies and entrepreneurs to Ireland
A lot more must be done to attract growing numbers of new companies and entrepreneurs to Ireland

Constantin Gurdgiev

As numerous schools, conferences and think-ins mark the summer calendars of "official" Irish economists, this is a busy season for policy debates and "big theme" reports.

A new ESRI research paper touches on a policy of pivotal importance to our future: the migrant workforce. Specifically, the ESRI research looks at the inflows of skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs from outside the European Union.

During the post-Celtic Tiger era, our immigration system has become more business-friendly. This, however, is hardly surprising as the collapse of the domestic economy saw our dependency on export-producing multinational corporations (MNCs) rising.

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