Minns, Chris. 'Immigration policy and the skills of Irish immigrants: evidence and the implications'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXXIV, 2004/2005, pp66-92
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXXIV 2004/2005
The rise of immigration into Ireland has been accompanied by a debate on the
potential objectives of immigration policy. This paper begins with a survey of international
and historical evidence on the economics of immigration policy. To place Irish immigration
in the international context, a recent OECD data set is used to compare the education of Irish
immigrants to their counterparts in other European economies. The data suggest that Ireland's
immigrant population is remarkably skilled. Immigrants of EU origin are positively selfselected.
From outside the EU, some countries supply mainly skilled immigrants, while
others are sources of less-skilled workers. These findings are used as a backdrop to explore
three major issues in Irish immigration: the likely impact of EU accession of new member
states, the appropriateness of current immigration policy, and the relationship between current
immigration and future population flows.
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