Immigration Control Platform


26 August 2008

Conor Lenihan pushes the myth of replacement migration

In an extraordinary new twist to the immigration debate, Conor Lenihan, speaking at the Parnell Summer School on August 14 2008, has introduced the myth of replacement migration in relation to Ireland. In other words we are not, he says, having enough children to sustain our population and so we must bring in immigrants.

This myth is demographic nonsense and was totally demolished by Anthony Browne in his book "Do We Need Mass Immigration?"

Read the article by our PRO first published in The Irish Times, 10 August 2004

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21 August 2008

230 immigrants per day still arriving

Emigration is up; unemployment is up; and still 230 migrants enter the country every day.

Writing in the Irish Independent August 20 David McWilliams says:

"The political implications of a return of Irish emigration, coupled with net immigration into the country are again straightforward. People will get angry if 'our own' are forced to live in Queens or Camden while the country plays host to all sorts of foreigners. This is not a racist comment; it’s a political reality."

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15 August 2008

Migrants fill 90% of new jobs as inward flow continues

IRELAND WILL continue to receive a significant number of migrants despite the downturn in the economy and a rise in emigration, Minister for Integration Conor Lenihan told the Parnell Summer School in Avondale, Co Wicklow, yesterday.

Though PPS numbers allocated to migrants were down 40 per cent for the first six months of this year, "the flow continues inwards and 90 per cent of new jobs created in the economy have gone to migrants", the Minister said.

This would continue, as would emigration, in a twofold process that was also a feature of other EU countries. He noted, for instance, that between 600,000 and 700,000 people left the UK annually. He also said that, while it was proposed that proficiency in English be mandatory for success in migrants securing Irish citizenship or permanent residency, he believed this should also be a requirement for success in their securing a work permit.

Mr Lenihan said "inward migration will be a permanent feature of Irish society over the next 30 to 40 years". He noted that 12 per cent of children in Irish primary schools were the children of migrants or foreign-born parents, while the figure for post-primary schools was 7 per cent and growing.


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5 August 2008

39% of people recieving rent supplement are foreigners

THE State is spending around €150m a year hosting a "United Nations" of nationalities in rented properties, according to new figures.

People from 161 different countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, are in receipt of the free rental allowance.

They account for 39pc of the 63,000 people on the means-tested scheme, which costs a total of €390m annually and is generally open only to those who are unemployed.

Although 61pc of people on the scheme are Irish, the numbers of immigrants on rent allowance has been increasing steadily.

There are more than 3,000 from Nigeria, 3,000 from the UK, 1,950 from Poland and 1,130 from Romania. Small countries like the Bahamas, Chile, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Grenada and Honduras have just one citizen each on the scheme.

Those also claiming rent supplement include 15 people from Cuba, 22 from Burma, 27 from Chechnya, 29 from Uzbekistan, 49 from Eritrea, 130 from Zimbabwe and 132 from Estonia.


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27 July 2008

Dramatic drop in deportations due to 'softer' approach

The number of would-be refugees being deported has dramatically fallen even though more than 6,000 failed asylum- seekers are classified as "evading deportation".

Immigration sources said it appeared a much softer approach was now being taken when it came to enforcing deportation orders, with only 43 people returned to their home in the first five months of the year.

Immigration sources said it appeared a much softer approach was now being taken when it came to enforcing deportation orders, with only 43 people returned to their home in the first five months of the year.

The numbers have shown a six-fold decline compared to 2004, when 599 people were deported. This year, the number is not expected to exceed 100, the lowest since large numbers of asylum-seekers began arriving in the state around a decade ago.

In the past five and a half years, successive ministers have signed a total of 8,196 deportation orders, the Department of Justice said. Only 25% of them have been implemented with 2,066 people sent home, some on specially chartered aircraft and others on scheduled flights.

So-called "mass deportations" also appear to have been phased out with only eight asylum-seekers deported. The departmental figures also reveal that since the beginning of 2003, a massive 6,173 people have either vanished or failed to appear for deportation.


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07 July 2008

Lisbon highlights the need for a debate on immigration

By Tom McGurk
Sunday Business Post 06/07/08

This column has been predicting it for some time and it may finally be about to happen: a debate about immigration and its wider consequences for Ireland. It could even be a debate free of the deadening influence of the politically correct.

Indeed, in the aftermath of a close analysis of the result of the Lisbon Treaty referendum, which has revealed the extent to which public reaction to immigration fuelled the No vote, the timing could hardly be more appropriate.

If growing concern about immigration in Ireland helped to fuel the No vote, some of the analysis of that vote is most revealing. For example, young people voted No by a margin of two to one; the majority of women voted No; and a large number of people who rarely vote in general elections also voted No on this occasion.

Who could have expected such a result from such a gender and age profile section of the electorate? Given that it is also normally expected that a younger generation - particularly those who could be described as ‘‘Ireland’s euro generation’’ - would be more sympathetic to the challenge of a changing Ireland within the new European experiment, the size of this young No vote was totally unexpected. Why should so many young Irish be in such a mood?

Add to this the fact that the turnout in working-class areas was unusually high, and that so many who normally don’t vote in general elections came out. Can one doubt the widening levels of public concern? For example, is this young anti-Lisbon vote about their growing concerns for their employment prospects and the shape of Irish society in the context of recent levels of immigration? Nobody knows, but is it an unreasonable conclusion to draw?

Nor can there be any doubt that the Lisbon vote has at long last shaken our political classes out of their torpor. Those who for almost a decade have been hiding behind the platitudes of the ‘‘new Irish’’ multicultural jargon have suddenly realised that immigration has become a significant political issue. It is out there in their constituencies, and it’s a live issue.

Recently, both Labour’s Ruairi Quinn and Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes admitted that they had been wrong about their previous advocacy of multiculturalism, and are now advocating a policy of integration instead. In the context of the controversy about the wearing of the Muslim hijab, Quinn said: ‘‘If people want to come into a western society that is Christian and secular, they need to conform to the rules and regulations of that country.”

Hayes was even more emphatic, saying that it makes absolute sense that there is one uniform for everyone, and that the wearing of the hijab was not a fundamental requirement to be a Muslim, but more an example of modesty and cultural mores. The question of immigration has also finally reached the Dail. Last week, in a post-mortem debate on Lisbon, there was a general if somewhat reluctant agreement across all the parties that reaction to immigration had widely influenced the No vote.

TDs Mary Harney, Joan Burton, Lucinda Creighton and Michael McGrath all expressed this opinion, while Chris Andrews of Fianna Fail went so far as to say: ‘‘Multiculturalism is not the way forward and strict integration is the best option. When one considers the examples of France and England, one will realise diversity has brought considerable problems. Ireland must address this matter.”

But who is to address this matter, now that a serious debate - as opposed to a happy-clappy one - is threatening to break out? Look at the reaction of the National Action Plan Against Racism (NAPR) to the Lisbon vote. According to the NAPR, a government funded-body set up by Michael McDowell when he was minister for justice, if you voted No to Lisbon, you were somehow being racist. So some 54 per cent of the Irish electorate are racist?

Ask Lucy Gaffney, chairperson of the NAPR, whose assertion this was. According to the NAPR website this week, Gaffney said: ‘‘The revelation that immigration was a contributory factor towards the No vote in the referendum demonstrates the major challenge of confronting and eliminating racism in modern Ireland. For all of us who are active in the area of integration, anti-racism and multiculturalism, this is extremely worrying.”

This is precisely the sort of comment that has so damaged the complex task of creating integration in Ireland and in the process angered so many people. How extraordinary that an authentic expression of the public’s concern about immigration expressed in the Lisbon vote should produce such a reaction.

Sometimes one wonders, given Gaffney’s remarks, if the organisations set up to help immigrants are the ones most likely to hinder them. Like most people involved in the vast number of organisations that have sprung up around immigration in Ireland, Gaffney is the classic well-heeled do-gooder whose expertise is in business, not social policy.

Beside these government-funded organisations and quangos that have sprung up in the wake of immigration, we also have a vast collection of mostly self-appointed charities which have emerged. They are to be found day in, day out in the streets collecting money. Suddenly, it seems dealing with what they call ‘‘racism in Ireland’’ has become a huge business.

The curious thing is that, in my experience, there is little or no evidence of racism in Ireland. Indeed, given the huge numbers who have arrived here and in so short a time, the general reaction here has been exceptionally welcoming. It sometimes seems that, irrespective of what the circumstances are, some of these organisations are determined to find racism in the community.

We are the last country in Europe to have a wave of immigration and, for the moment, it seems we are determined on making the same mistakes as all the others made. For example, so much of British and French efforts down the years merely ended up with ethnic ghettos and the creation of a new underclass. In a curious way, the principal mistake that generation of failed multiculturalists made was the enormous intolerance they showed towards people’s fears about immigration. They also ensured that any debate was shackled by such political correctness that most politicians were frightened away.

The Lisbon vote has clearly signalled the task facing us in Ireland and, given where the economy seems to be headed, the prospect of rising unemployment and economic downturn raises a classic scenario of competition between immigrants and native Irish for declining resources. That’s not something anybody wants.


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26 June 2008

Immigration concern helped to boost No vote

Sunday Business Post 22/06/08

A fear of foreign workers taking jobs and driving down wage rates was an unspoken issue behind the Lisbon No vote.

Immigration may not have raised its controversial head in the public debate leading up to the Lisbon Treaty referendum [see Censorship of ICP], but it was certainly on the radar of politicians on the doorsteps.

Once the ballot boxes were opened, the issue of migrant workers became ‘the elephant in the room’ that few politicians had wished to confront before the referendum.

‘‘It was definitely there, but nobody really wanted to talk about it,” conceded Fine Gael deputy Leo Varadkar. ‘‘A lot of left-wing campaigns stirred the immigration pot, some deliberately and some unwittingly,” he said.

Chris Andrews, Fianna Fail TD for Dublin South East, said politicians were aware of immigration concerns but were reluctant to open a Pandora’s box. ‘‘It has been a festering issue, but you’re not supposed to scratch a sore,” he said.

Read in full | See also: No Vote and Immigration

24 June 2008

Immigration 'new major concern'

From The Sunday Business Post, 22 June 2008 based on Red C Poll

A clear majority of people say that there should be “much stricter limits on the numbers of foreigners coming into Ireland”.

Support for this view is much stronger among those who voted No to the Lisbon Treaty – among whom 65 percent agree, and most of them agree “strongly” – supporting the contention that immigration was an issue in the recent campaign. However, the view is held across all demographics and political allegiances; half of all those who voted for the treaty also support this view.

This belief is strongest among working-class voters and those who voted for Sinn Féin in the last general election – 78 percent of whom share this view, compared with 60 per cent of Fine Gael voters, 60 per cent of Labour voters and 57 per cent of Fianna Fáil voters.

See also: Lisbon Treaty: No Vote and Immigration

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04 June 2008

No Irish pupils enroll at Dublin School

'Changing times as school finds no Irish-born pupils enrolling'

Changes in the population were brought into focus yesterday when a Dublin school revealed there isn't a single Irish-born pupil among those enrolled in its infant classes for next year.

The school is in the north inner city, where already nearly half the pupils are minority ethnic and language students, and that percentage is rising.

Figures from eight local schools in the Dublin 7 area show that there are 1,839 pupils enrolled this year -- of whom nearly half, or 855, are minority ethnic and language students.

In one of the schools, 63pc of pupils are from an ethnic minority. Another school with only 292 pupils has 26 minority languages students, while a third with 378 pupils has 25 languages spoken, according to a report launched yesterday.

The report does not identify the school where no Irish have applied for places in September, but says that may change as demand for places increases.

Dublin 7 is identified as an area of educational disadvantage by the report, which took account of literacy, early school leaving, access to education, academic under-achievement and underdevelopment of interpersonal and social skills.

It adds that the north inner city has a significantly higher than average number of ethnic minority residents, standing at 34pc of the population -- or three times the national average, according to the 2006 Census.


See Also : White flight in Dublin 15 | Hijab in schools

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22 May 2008

Principal calls for guidelines on wearing of hijab in schools

The Irish Times 19/05/08

THE PRINCIPAL of one of the largest secondary schools in the State has called on the Minister for Education to issue guidelines on the wearing of the hijab in State schools.

This follows the department's refusal to offer advice to the school when a Muslim couple asked last September that their daughter be allowed to wear the headscarf in class.

Nicholas Sweetman, principal of Gorey Community School in Co Wexford, said official direction would bring an end to the practice of schools imposing divergent policies and would clarify the issue for schools and Muslim parents.

Correspondence released under the Freedom of Information Act shows the school wrote to then minister for education Mary Hanafin last October, when a Muslim couple asked that their child wear the hijab in class.

Though this contravened the school's rules on uniform, the principal agreed to the request pending approval by the board of management.


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20 May 2008

Equality ruling favours foreign workers

Irish Examiner 20/05/2008

Companies who employ foreign workers face the prospect of substantial compensation claims after one employer was ordered by the Equality Tribunal to pay €290,000 to 58 staff because it did not translate work contracts.

Dublin-based Goode Concrete said it will challenge the tribunal’s ruling in favour of its staff, which was published yesterday.

Each of the workers was granted €5,000 on the grounds their contracts and safety documents were not produced in their own language or translated by an independent party.

This award came to €290,000 with a further €37,000 for three employees the tribunal said had suffered from stress and discriminatory treatment.

Orla Goode, the company’s human resources officer, said it would challenge the ruling in the Labour Court. She claimed, if allowed stand, the decision would allow any worker whose contract is not in their home language to make a legitimate discrimination claim.

“On the basis that there are 330,000 foreign nationals working in Ireland whose contracts are more than likely printed in English, this could cost employers €1.6 billion"


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16 May 2008

Where have all the Irish gone?

The Times Travel News 12/04/08

"Driving westwards from Dublin to the Atlantic, it's no exaggeration to say that your chances of meeting anyone Irish are slim. In the petrol stations, cafés, bars and shops you will find Poles, Lithuanians and Brazilians giving you the cead mile failte. But no Irish".


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06 May 2008

Bertie acknowledges problem but not that he created it
(In politician speak "challenge" is the term used for "problem")

'Ahern: Integration of immigrants is a 'big' challenge'

The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said that the integration of immigrants in Ireland is one of the country’s biggest challenges.

"When I took over as Taoiseach 11 years ago 1.5% of the workforce of the country was new Irish, today it’s 14.8%,” he said.

Read More | See also: Bertie's Legacy

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28 April 2008

Most Asylum Seekers come here from UK

OFFICIAL FIGURES indicate that the bulk of those claiming asylum status in the Republic in the past 12 months came here from Britain and arrived across the Border with Northern Ireland.

According to figures supplied by Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan, in response to a parliamentary question from Labour Justice spokesman Pat Rabbitte, more than 90 per cent of asylum seekers were already in this State when they first applied for asylum.

The figures show that 3,844 people sought asylum in the Republic in the 12 months to the end of March. Of that number, 3,248 made their first application for asylum at the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner on Mount Street in Dublin, and not at their point of entry into the State.

Of this number, only 12 sought asylum at ports, and 304 made their application at airports. A further 244 sought asylum from prison after they were jailed for committing an offence in this State.

In the past 12 months, 3,406 asylum applications made in the first instance were refused, while 388 were granted.

In the same period, the Refugee Appeals Tribunal, which hears appeals from the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner, received 2,571 appeals. Of these, 1,568 appeals were refused, 225 were granted, and the others are still pending.

A significant number of asylum seekers made judicial review applications to the courts challenging the decisions of both the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and the Refugee Appeals Tribunal.

A Department of Justice spokesman pointed out that 468 of the applications for asylum made here came from people who had already applied for refugee status in another EU country.

Source: The Irish Times

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31 March 2008

Migration has brought 'zero' economic benefit (UK)

Ten years of record immigration to Britain has produced virtually no economic benefits for the country, a parliamentary inquiry has found.

A House of Lords committee, which is due to report next Tuesday, will call into question Government claims that foreign workers add £6 billion each year to the wealth of the nation.

It is expected to say this must be balanced against the increase in population and their use of local services such as health and education, resulting in little benefit per head of the population.

"Our overall conclusion is that the economic benefits of net immigration to the resident population are small and close to zero in the long run," the report will say.

Link | Read the report | See also

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13 March 2008

Foreigners eight times more likely to attempt fraudulent child benefit claims than Irish

'False claims by foreign nationals focus on survey'
The Irish Times 13/03/08

Foreign nationals are over eight times more likely to attempt fraudulent child benefit claims than Irish-born parents, according to an investigation by the Department of Social and Family Affairs.

Under the random survey, which began in 2004, 500 files of claims from Irish-born parents were compared with 500 from foreign-born parents, the department told the Irish Times yesterday.

In a Dáil reply this week, Minister Martin Cullen said 1.7 per cent of Irish nationals’ cases were found to be fraudulent “compared to 13.9 per cent in the case of 500 non-Irish nationals surveyed, giving an overall level of fraud of 2.3 per cent”.

The probe was conducted according to rules laid by Comptroller and Auditor General John Purcell to ensure it was “sufficiently large to yield reasonably reliable estimates”, and all cases selected were fully investigated.

Under EU law, employees from any member state can claim child benefit in another member state they are working in, even if their children are in their home state.

Last month, it emerged the Department of Social and Family Affairs had late last year ordered non-Irish nationals living here and claiming child benefit for children living abroad to certify every three months that they are still employed in the state.

Foreign nationals receiving child benefit for children resident here will be required to certify twice a year that they and their children continue to reside here, and provide information about the schools and crèches attended.

An investigation was carried out by department inspectors in Co Waterford last year into reports that some Polish nationals were flying in and out of the country in order to claim welfare benefits.

Social welfare officials estimate the cost to the state of paying EU nationals child benefit and the €1.100-a-year childcare supplement for non-resident children will be up to €140 million in 2008.

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10 March 2008

Mystery over identity of two foreign prisoners

TWO mystery men are languishing in prison -- and nobody knows who they are.

Even the best efforts of Interpol have failed to identify the pair, who have been behind bars for a number of months.

One of the men has told the authorities that he has no desire to leave his cell and is quite happy to remain there into the future. Both are refusing to co-operate with staff at Castlerea Prison, Co Roscommon, while the Gardaí and court staff are also in the dark about their true identities.

The men were detained by gardai because they could not produce identification papers. It is believed one of the detainees is from an African country while the other is of eastern European origin, possibly Russian.

The African man made an appearance at Harristown District Court -- the remand facility alongside Castlerea Prison -- on Friday, using the name Kebba Nyabally.

But the court was told that Gardaí still cannot confirm who he is and if this is his real name.

A detective said that the man had been identified by his fingerprints in the UK, but under a different name.

To date, Gardaí had established four different names for the prisoner but could not confirm any of them.

Authorities in Gambia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and the UK had all been contacted but without success.

The second prisoner told gardai his name was Alex Smirnous, but has refused to answer any further questions.

At the Harristown Court hearing, Judge Geoffrey Browne told Mr Smirnous that he planned to remand him in custody for a further three weeks.

"I don't care. Leave me here as long as you want. I don't care if it is 33 weeks," the prisoner told Judge Browne through a Russian interpreter.

The judge noted that neither man could be deported because the court did not know who they were or where they had come from.

Both have been further remanded in custody while enquiries are continuing.

What do you think should be done with such people (foreigners who refuse to identify themselves)?
Have your say in our latest poll

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03 March 2008

Convicted Nigerian fraudster got Army medical job

A crisis over Army Medical Corps staffing deepened last night after it emerged a doctor convicted of fraud slipped through unchecked and worked for the Defence Forces.

Nigerian Dr Elizabeth Abimbola Ogunjimi qualified as a doctor in Hungary and had been registered with the Irish Medical Council.

But because of flaws in the recruitment process, her difficulties with the immigration authorities, and her conviction for fraud in Hungary, were not discovered.

The Nigerian doctor was officially told she was sacked at the weekend, and may be deported. An overhaul of the process means that the backgrounds of recruits will be fully checked out in future.

Dr Ogunjimi qualified as a doctor in Hungary in 2002 and was registered here with the Irish Medical Council. But it emerged last July that she had been convicted of fraud in Hungary in January 2006.

The fraud centred on the handling of VAT payments in the Nigerian Embassy in Hungary while Dr Ogunjimi was working there.

Members of the Garda National Immigration Bureau told defence officials last July that following inquiries into the doctor's past, they were to carry out an investigation to establish whether she was lawfully in the country and should be allowed to remain here.


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27 February 2008

Rise in AIDS due to Immigration

A massive 300% increase in the number of AIDS cases diagnosed in Northern Ireland each year over the past decade has been revealed - and levels in the Irish Republic are rising too.

Northern Ireland's Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride said population mobility [i.e. migration] was responsible for the huge rise.

He said there has been a 20% increase in cases of all sexually transmitted diseases over the last five years as well.

Meanwhile, new figures from Dublin also reveal a 21% increase in incidents of the potentially deadly condition in the first six months of 2007, according to the Irish Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

The HPSC revealed 204 incidents of the potentially deadly condition were recorded in the first half of 2007 compared with 337 for the whole of 2006.

Nationality was known in around 120 cases, with 42% born in sub-Saharan Africa and 40% in Ireland.

The majority of those who contracted the condition through heterosexual contact were of sub-Saharan origin.


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12 February 2008

Censorship of ICP: Philosophical Society, T.C.D. Withdraws Speaking Invitation

On the 14 January the Philosophical Society, Trinity College Dublin, issued an invitation to the PRO of Immigration Control Platform, Áine Ní Chonaill, to debate against the Lisbon Treaty on Thursday 14 January. The invitation was withdrawn on Tuesday 12 February, due to the fact that "more than one speaker", presumably on the No side, had refused to speak if ICP were speaking.

Kieran Allen of the Socialist Workers' Party and UCD was one of those lined up on the No side. He had previously refused to speak in UCD for the same reason.

We have no idea if Declan Ganley of took up such a position.

ICP is like Ronseal. It does what it says on the tin. We stand for immigration control. So, allegedly, does every government in the world, so it must be a very respectable position. The difference is that we mean it; they don't.

Ironically, the original invitation contained this sentence: "Since its foundation, the Philosophical Society has consistently been a forum for the radical debate of issues that both reflect and affect society"

Read here what ICP would have said at the debate

LINK | PDF Version | ICP Statement on Lisbon Treaty

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10 February 2008

30% of prison population are foreign nationals

By John O'Keeffe
Irish Independent 10/02/2008

Figures contained in the most recent Irish Prison Service Report show that the number of non-Irish prisoners incarcerated is a staggering 30 per cent of the entire prison population. Between 2005 and 2006 this rose by 5 per cent.

In the last census the figure for non-Irish nationals held in our jails was only 10 per cent -- yet foreign nationals now make up almost a third of our prison population.

The prison population statistics make for astonishing reading. A third of all prisoners are from outside the Republic of Ireland. Some 16.8 per cent are of European origin, with over 50 per cent of that figure coming from an EU country, excluding the United Kingdom.

The figure for African prisoners rose even more strikingly, reaching a substantial 5.7 per cent of the prison population most recently recorded. The prison population from all other parts of the world also increased between 2005 and 2006. The real horror that lies behind these statistics that show the disproportionate population of foreign prisoners is that we let them into this country in the first place.

John O'Keeffe is dean of the law school at Dublin Business School incorporating Portobello College


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21 January 2008

More than 100,000 Chinese live here already

More than 100,000 Chinese live in Ireland, many working in retail and service areas.

The recent census found there are just 11,000 Chinese living in Ireland, but it is widely believed the figure is actually as high as 100,000, with thousands working illegally in jobs, having stayed on after student visas ran out.

The Government have also declared that the census figures are a "serious underestimate" of the number of foreign nationals actually living in the State.

Sources: here & here

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January 13 2008

Muslim Britain is becoming one big no-go area

See: European Perspective

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January 03 2008

New asylum scam exposed

'Border dodgers using are information packs to get past immigrant checks'

Irish Independent 03/01/08

Many bogus asylum applicants are arriving here armed with an information pack on how to beat the system.

An investigation into asylum seeker abuses has also uncovered elaborate scams being used by the illegals to evade detection by immigration authorities.

The investigation, codenamed Operation Gull, is a joint exercise involving the Gardaí, the Department of Social and Family Affairs, the UK Borders and Immigration Agency and the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

An estimated 12pc of illegal migrants exposed by Operation Gull had been travelling on false documents. Officials said last night that bogus papers were also being used by criminals to move between countries.

A recent case involved an Algerian who had been deported from the UK after a conviction and prison sentence for rape.

With the help of his brother, he obtained a false French passport and flew from Algiers to Paris and then to Dublin. He was then intercepted by Gull investigators in Belfast.

Nigerians, who consistently comprise the biggest single nationality claiming asylum in Ireland, are also by far the largest single national group encountered in the operation.

Many of the offenders have already claimed asylum here and are making a second attempt with the help of their information packs.

Others use a carousel method to claim benefits here, and in the UK, by using a number of passports to travel between the two jursdictions. The carousels are mainly used by Nigerians, Ethiopians, Georgians and Pakistanis.

Gull uncovered evidence of Moldovans on false Lithuanian documents, who had gained entry to the UK at Dover and were bound for Ireland to work illegally.

Investigators established that their journey had been organised by a "facilitator".

It has also been determined that 80pc of applicants, who claimed they arrived here by air, particularly those from Nigeria, Georgia and DR Congo, did not have identity documents.

Tom Brady Security Editor

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