Migrants and racial minorities in the labour market in Ireland

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Title: Migrants and racial minorities in the labour market in Ireland
Authors: Vasquez del Aguila, Ernesto
Cantillon, Sara
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4498
Date: Sep-2010
Abstract: This report analyses the situation of migrant workers and ethnic minorities in Ireland over the post-economic boom period. From the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, Ireland experienced extraordinary economic growth and this brought with it an unprecedented increase in the migrant population. As a result of the economic crisis, the total number of migrants coming to Ireland has fallen dramatically. However, despite this situation, Ireland is likely to remain a multicultural society and ethnic diversity and immigration have become an important issue in the everyday lives of people living in Ireland. This report demonstrates that not all migrants in Ireland experience the same situation of marginalization and vulnerability. Migrant status is not isolated from other factors such us nationality, race and language. Those most at risk of discrimination are black migrants and those from non-English speaking countries. There is evidence that the current recession and the sharp fall in employment has created racial tensions and reinforced racism and discrimination against migrants. Racial/ethnic minorities constitute the main group reporting discrimination in Ireland. Non-Irish nationals are more than twice as likely as Irish nationals to report discrimination in the work place and when looking for work.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Social Justice
Series/Report no.: Social Justice Series; 10(7): 126-148
Keywords: IrelandTravellersDiscriminationMigrantsLabour marketRacial and ethnic minoritiesRacism
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Justice Series

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