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October 19 2007

Study points to 'white flight' in Dublin 15

The Irish Times 19/10/2007

A Government-funded study on schooling in Dublin 15 identifies evidence of the phenomenon of "white flight" for the first time in the State.

The report found that in some places there is evidence of the emergence of "ghettos" inhabited only by ethnic minorities, and it calls for action from Government and local authorities to avert the problems found in other European cities.

By tracking pupils' movements over a number of years, the report found "quite a serious and significant trend of Irish moving out and immigrants moving in". Of 1,414 pupils leaving school in 2005-06, for instance, 518 left before reaching sixth class.

"This figure is equivalent to an astonishing 58 per cent of those transferring to postprimary schools," the authors write.

A breakdown of the data shows that, of those who left in the period 2003-07, 47 per cent were described as "Irish" and 53 per cent as "non-Irish" (defined as those whose parents were born outside the country).

But of those who joined, only 21 per cent were categorised as "Irish" and 79 per cent "non-Irish".

The report blames housing policies and the dynamics of the property market. Rapid development of new private housing in this part of north Dublin has led to a proliferation of rented homes, it points out.

© 2007 ireland.com

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NEWS

April 23 2007

Taoiseach Admits Immigration Could Not Continue at Current Levels

Speaking to Matt Cooper on The Last Word the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern admitted that immigration could not continue at the levels of the last 10 years and admitted that perhaps another percentage point ,from 10% to 11% was as far as we could go.

Taoiseach: "Our capacity to continue or to move beyond the 10% figure,I would have grave doubts about that.I'm not saying you can't go to 11.You can't go as we have done in a decade from probably 2% to 10 and in the next decade go from 10 to 20."

Matt Cooper: "So does that mean we have enough immigrants who have come to the country at this stage, as far as you are concerned?"

Taoiseach: "I think the numbers that we'll be able to take in in the next 10 years will not be able to match the numbers that came in in the last 10 years and I think that is self-evident.There is no country or at least very few countries with our size and capabilities would end up with 20% of the workforce non-Irish."

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April 02 2007

Ireland Remains the Preferred Destination for Most Nigerian Asylum Seekers

This small peripheral island continues to attract more Nigerian asylum seekers than any other country in the world! This, despite the fact that there are no direct transport links in existence between the two or even despite the lengthy and expensive journeys necessary to get here.

For example, Ireland over the past seven years has processed 250% more Nigerian asylum applications than did the UK., a country which by the way does operate regularly scheduled air connections. What is all the more bizarre is the fact that 80% of Nigerian asylum applicants reportedly turn up here claiming to have no passports!

Nigerian Asylum Applications (Source UNHCR)

Nigerian Asylum Applications (Source UNHCR)

Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Australia 123 52 17 * * 25 28
Austria 390 1,038 1,431 1,845 1,825 881 421
Belgium 103 97 113 194 177 117 71
France 457 571 876

1,244 1,485 964 432
Germany 383 493 938 944 1,005 536 414
Netherlands 282 401 556 414 224 154 243
Spain 735 1,349 1,440 1,685 1,030 726 632
Switzerland 223 283 1,052 473 418 219 209
Ireland 3,404 3,461 4,049 3,110 1,776 1,276 1,037
UK 690 745 1,135 1,110 1,175 1,155 940
U.S.A 19 18 31 233 245 201 156
Canada 887 713 663 641 554 579 664

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February 12 2007

Over 3,000 PPS Numbers Issued to Romanians in January

The number of Romanians arriving into Ireland has risen dramatically since the beginning of the year, with a total of 3,164 allocated Personal Public Service (PPS) numbers last month.

The numbers arriving here represent a dramatic increase over last year when just 813 Romanians were allocated PPS numbers during all of 2006. A total of 591 were allocated PPS numbers in 2005.

The only former EU accession country allocated more PPS numbers than Romania last month was Poland, with 5,756 recipients.

Romanians and Bulgarians continue to require work permits, while firms wishing to hire them have to prove they cannot get staff from other EU states.However, it's clear some are getting around this restriction. Under EU law, if Romanians or Bulgarians are self-employed they can remain here indefinitely.'Given the increase in the number of sub-contractors working in construction, it is likely that this sector will be one of the main sources of employment for Romanians' said FAS economist, Brian McCormick.

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February 11 2007

Dick Spring Gets to the Nub of the Question

On the Marian Finucane show on Feb 11 Dick Spring called for a debate on immigration. This time, however, it was a genuine call to address the numbers issue and not a mere discussion of integration policy as we had got from Enda Kenny.

It comes down, said Spring to "what number of people we can actually cope with. I don't know what Brendan Drumm, the H.S.E., is feeling about 200,000 more people to provide services for at a time when the health services are in crisis and will be for a long time to come."

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February 9 2007

Economic Growth May not Grow Your Wallet

Figures accompanying an article by Colum Keena in The Irish Times of Feb 10 show very clearly that economic growth fuelled by mass immigration does not necessarily improve the individual's economic situation. In the 5 year period 2000-2005 GNP increased 54.8%. Per capita GNP only rose 12.9%.Surely one would expect that level of increase if we had no immigration.

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January 29 2007

9,000 Illegal Immigrants Evade Deportation

More than 9,000 non-nationals facing deportation from Ireland are currently missing and on the run and An Garda Siochána have no idea where they are, new Department of Justice figures reveal.

The authorities have admitted they have no idea how many deportation evaders have remained in the country.

The Gardaí have said they have little hope of tracking down deportation evaders unless they are picked up for committing criminal offences.

The majority of deportation orders signed are not put into effect.

Since 2001, over 11,680 deportation orders have been signed but only 2,472 have been put into effect.

These new figures from the Department of Justice show that in the past 5 years 9,208 non-nationals have evaded deportation and remain illegally in this country.

Of the deportation orders signed, more than half were for Nigerian nationals, who are failed / bogus asylum seekers.
22% of deportation orders were for Romanian nationals.
Nigerians and Romanians also top the list of those who have evaded deportation orders.
27.9% of evaders are Nigerians while Romanians make up just under 26%.

The news comes as it emerged last week that the number of passports reported stolen in Ireland has doubled in five years.

It is believed that many "lost" passports are used by criminals to hide their true identity.

The figures for asylum applications & deportations are available here on our bulletin board

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January 20 2007

The chilling response of Michael McDowell to 9,000 on the run from deportation

In an interview with Liz Ryan in the Irish Daily Mail on January 20th, Michael McDowell was asked to comment on the fact that over 9,000 people were on the run from deportation orders. His unbelievably dismissive response was "So, they've moved on. It's not the State's business to chase them".

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January 10 2007

The Tip of the Chinese Iceberg? Seven Chinese "Disappear" on bail

Seven Chinese illegals, stopped at Cork Airport on October 31st 2006 were detained in prison, pending the establishment of their identities. On January 3rd Judge Uinsin MacGruairc, unhappy to extend their 9 weeks detention, although enquiries were ongoing, allowed bail for all seven, to appear again in court on January 10th. All seven jumped bail.

Notwithstanding an enlarged and enlarging EU and one with a "neighbourhood" policy, there is a Chinese population in Ireland estimated at up to 100,000.

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January 8 2007

A Staggering 33% Of Rent Allowances Go To Non-nationals

A recent working group report on the rent allowance scheme from the Department of Social Affairs has thrown up some remarkable figures. 33% of rent allowances go to non-nationals though they constitute,it is estimated, about 10% of the population. Nigerians receive 9% of allowances, British 6% and Romanians 2%.

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December 23 2006

David Begg questions Government policy

Writing in The Irish Times on Dec 23.David Begg says "The starting point, I suggest, is to question our attitude to maximising economic growth. What is it for? We have full employment, to all intents and purposes.
The objective now should be to maintain economic growth at a level that maintains this, but without generating the high population growth that means physical and social infrastructure will always be inadequate.
It is a case of optimising growth as opposed to maximising. To continue as we are means the population will reach 5.5 million by 2026, according to the CSO".

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December 14 and 21 2006

Sinn Féin challenges the Progressive Democrats and the Labour Party on restrictions on Romanian and Bulgarian workers

Sinn Féin Councillor Daithí Doolan was strongly critical of the Labour Party for endorsing the recent government decision not to allow free access to workers from Romania and Bulgaria, who join the European Union on January 1st.

Cllr. Daithí Doolan: "Thirdly and finally, the whole issue of extending international solidarity beyond the borders particularly with Romanian and Bulgarian workers. I think it is unfortunate that today's Labour Party does not feel it can extend that solidarity to Romanian and Bulgarian workers who, in our view, should be welcomed to share in the benefits of our economic development on this island, to share in it and indeed contribute to the ongoing economic development on this island. 

My own view of this is that the Labour Party have, unfortunately, taken this position to appease the more vocal xenophobic or indeed racist voices in our society that, rather than appeasing, should have been outrightly challenged and say with the European enlargement that the peoples of Romania and Bulgaria too should share in the spoils of the economic development, should be welcomed to our shores, just as we were welcomed to other countries when we joined the then EEC. 

So my question to Deputy Rabbitte is: is it really time for the Labour Party to reconsider its views on the Constitution next year when it comes back on the agenda and to reverse the thinking on the Romanian and Bulgarian issue and to welcome these workers to our shores? 

Otherwise I would say it is an excellent contribution and I would like to take the opportunity as well to extend fraternal seasonal greetings to our colleagues in the Labour Party.  Go raibh maith agat". 

Deputy Pat Rabbitte: "On the job displacement question, I repeat the remarks that I made this time last year.  Of course, the political agenda has caught up since.  It is acknowledged now that the number of people coming to work in Ireland from four or five, in particular, of the new accession states has far exceeded predictions.  In the context of circumstances where the Union Member States generally did not throw open their borders, it is prudent for Ireland to do what I suggested a year ago, which is that there ought to be some quotas fixed or work permit system from the latest accession countries for an interim period, because I think the phenomenon has to be managed patiently.

Inward migration is a completely new phenomenon for Ireland and the focus, it seems to me, has been entirely too much on the labour market situation, on welcoming a stream of generally well‑educated young people, in many cases, as a source of cheap labour.  There is no point in us putting our heads in the sand.  There has been exploitation of migrant labour in this economy. 

Since I made those remarks we have had the creation of an entire new agency, the purpose of which is to invigilate standards and conditions in the work place.  That agency wasn't there at the time.  Major expansion of work place inspectors is promised.  This pre‑occupied fourteen weeks of the talks between the Social Partners and the Government.  It would scarcely have been the case if there were not matters to be talked about. 

I wasn't at all impressed by their hurried preparation of economic reports to prove that on a macro basis there was not much evidence of displacement.  Like most of my colleagues across all parties who have to do constituency clinics and so on, I know that on a micro basis there has been some displacement.  I know that people here who had very limited education opportunity and so on who could expect, if they got second chance education, to progress to certain types of employment, that that is no longer available. Now that is one of the facts of life that we have to live with, because the upside is very positive.  The new diversity and energy that has been brought, not just to the economy but to society, is tremendously encouraging for the future.  That does not mean to say that it does not require careful management and that it is not a bigger issue than purely regarding it as a source of labour supply.  There are societal questions.  There are infrastructure questions.  There are pressures on housing.  There are pressures on education places and I can't, for the life of me, see why there can't be a frank and honest discussion about that, rather than ‑ and again the word was dragged across here this morning entirely inappropriately, of racism". 

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Cllr. Daithí Doolan: “By extension, would the Minister also care to review the position taken by the Government about the application of Romania and Bulgaria whereby we are opening up the borders but we are restricting the rights of people to travel over those borders to share in the wealth and share in the economic boom that we are witnessing here, particularly in this State but across Europe.  It is something that we have constantly flagged up, while Europe is expanding we are now expanding at two speeds, it is a two‑tier Europe that we are ensuring develops whereby the markets are opened up, but unfortunately the people that live behind those borders are not allowed across them. 

Go raibh mile maith agaibh.  I appreciate your contribution and I look forward to your response, Tanaiste.”

Minister McDowell: “Finally in relation to Romania and Bulgaria, Ireland and the United Kingdom and Sweden adopted the open doors policy to the accession states in 2004 and it is very interesting to see what happened.  I have forgotten how many people went to Sweden, I think about 30,000. To the UK 600,000 into 60 million people.  To Ireland with a population of four million, just over four million, 200,000 accession state workers came to work here.  They were welcome, and by the way on my own travels around the country now I see how important they are to our economy.

But in relation to Romania and Bulgaria the governments, Ireland and Britain, made a decision collectively that by virtue of the common travel area and by virtue of the radical divergence between per capita income in Romania and Bulgaria compared to the rest of Europe, that as long as the other Member States were not adopting an open door policy, it would be folly for Ireland to risk a further wave of migration because it would, in fact, have the potential to seriously destabilise our labour market and that in turn would lead to blue collar racism in Ireland.  That is one of our primary concerns.

I would say to Daithí that when the election comes about and yourself and myself are prowling around Ringsend and other places that you won't be talking then about opening the doors to Romania and Bulgaria, I guarantee you that.”

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