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Study on Active inclusion of migrants assesses main trends in the situation of migrants with regard to social assistance, inclusion in the labour market and access to social services across the EU

Date Published: 02-03-2012

The Study on "Active inclusion of migrants", commissioned by the European Commission looks at welfare use in 2007 across a large number of EU Member States and includes 12 EU country case studies. It  examines the take-up rates for migrants in comparison with Member State natives.

In Ireland, the study reveals that overall migrants are less likely to be in receipt of social welfare benefits and are more likely to be exposed to poverty and social exclusion. 

The study notes that the ‘habitual residency’ requirement in Ireland means that migrants cannot access welfare benefits unless they fulfil a number of conditions prior to benefits being sought and that as more migrants meet these conditions, welfare trends may change.  

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