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2013 news archive


Latest European and International developments on migration and asylum

Latest news, case law, reports and events on migration and asylum developments Read the full Story


EMN Ireland Conference: Challenges and Responses to Identifying Victims of Trafficking

EMN Ireland Conference on Challenges and Responses to Identifying Victims of Trafficking, November 2013 Read the full Story


Latest developments on migration and asylum in Ireland

Latest national news and information update on migration and asylum Read the full Story


Thailand added to Irish Short-Stay Visa Waiver Programme

Minister for Justice and Equality announced that citizens of Thailand can avail of the Irish Short-Stay Visa Waiver Programme. Read the full Story


First GRETA report on Ireland's implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

Report calls for Irish authorities to ensure that all victims of trafficking are identified as such and provided with assistance and protection. Read the full Story


New EMN Ireland Publication on Attracting Highly Qualified and Qualified Third-Country Nationals: Ireland

This new report shows that despite the recession, Ireland is actively competing for certain highly-skilled non-EEA workers in sectors such as IT, engineering, finance and healthcare Read the full Story


New pilot Atypical Working Scheme introduced for short-term employment of non-EEA nationals

The scheme is available to non-EEA nationals who, in certain circumstances, are required by a company/organisation in Ireland to undertake short-term contract work in Ireland Read the full Story


Quarterly National Household Survey release shows increase in number of non-Irish nationals in employment

The latest Quarterly National Household Survey figures show that there were 276,100 non-Irish nationals in employment in the second quarter 2013, representing an increase of 6,100 (2.3%) over the year Read the full Story


Latest Population and Migration Estimates show number of non-Irish coming to Ireland increases slightly while number of Irish emigrating also grows

Emigration is estimated to have reached 89,000 in the year to April 2013, an increase of 2.2 per cent from 87,100 in the year to April 2012. Read the full Story



Changes to third level fees to benefit migrant students

Minister for Education and Skills, RuairĂ­ Quinn TD, has announced changes which will change fee arrangements for migrant students living in Ireland Read the full Story


Further Changes to the Employment Permits System

Further changes to attract skilled workers to Ireland Read the full Story


New European Asylum Support Office (EASO) Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union, 2012

The Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union, 2012 provides an overview of asylum applicants in the EU by analysing application and decision data. In particular the report focuses on asylum applicants from Afghanistan, Syria and the Western Balkans. Read the full Story


Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Amendment Bill 2013 passed in the Oireachtas

Legislation criminalising forced labour has been passed in the houses of the Oireachtas and it will transfer the EU directive on human trafficking into Irish Law. Read the full Story


European Commission Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum 2012

The European Commission published its report on 2012 and early 2013 developments in the area of EU migration and asylum. Read the full Story


Eurostat figures show that EU Member States granted protection to more than 100,000 asylum seekers in 2012

The latest Eurostat release shows an increase in asylum seekers granted protection in EU27 to 102,700 in 2012, compared with 84,300 in 2011. Read the full Story


New Annual Monitoring Report on Integration published

Annual Monitoring Report on Integration, 2012, shows rapid increase in Irish citizenship acquisition among immigrants; Irish attitudes to immigrants have become more negative. Read the full Story



EMN Ireland Conference: Migration During and After the Economic Crisis

The Conference explored and discussed how the economic crisis has affected immigrants, migratory flows and migration policies in Ireland, Europe and the wider international context. It also considered how future developments may be shaped by such changes. Read the full Story


Latest on events relating to asylum and immigration hosted under Irish Presidency of EU

Agreement on Schengen Governance legislative package and EUROSUR reached under the Irish Presidency - 29 May 2013 Read the full Story


European Commission present view on how migration and mobility can contribute to inclusive and economic social development

The European Commission Communication on 'Maximising the Development Impact of Migration' COM(2013 292) will provide the basis for a common position of the EU and its Member States at the UN High-level Dialogue (HLD) on International Migration and Development on 3-4 October 2013. Read the full Story


Trial of automated border control gates for immigration purposes at Dublin Airport

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD has announced a six month trial period for automated border control gates (e-gates) at Terminal One in Dublin Airport. Read the full Story


New changes to employment permit system are part of strategy to attract skilled workers

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation review employment permits policies to facilitate the migration of skilled workers, particularly in the ICT sector. Read the full Story


Schengen Information System (SIS II) enters into operation

Schengen Information System (SIS II) enteres into operation with the stated aim of increasing security and facilitating free movement within the Schengen area Read the full Story


New European Commission proposal on attracting non-EU national students and researchers to EU

The new proposal intends to make it easier and more attractive for non-EU national students, researchers and other groups to enter and stay in the EU for periods exceeding 3 months Read the full Story


UNHCR release Asylum Trends 2012: Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries

In 2012, an estimated 479,300 asylum applications were registered in 44 industrialized countries , an increase of 8 per cent over 2011 Read the full Story


EMN Bulletin: EU-wide overview of latest developments in migration policy plus statistics for period October 2012 to January 2013.

This bulletin contains EU, national and related developments in migration policy published in the period October 2012 to January 2013, as well as an overview of key statistics, plus related EMN outputs and developments that have occurred. Read the full Story


CSO release shows that one quarter of non-Irish nationals allocated PPSNs in 2006 had employment activity in 2011

Of 204,000 non-Irish nationals aged 15 and over who were assigned PPSNs in 2006, only 27% had employment activity at any time during 2011 Read the full Story


New data show that unemployment has fallen among Irish and non-Irish nationals

Latest Quarterly National Household Survey figures show that unemployment has fallen, both for nationals (-6.9%) and non-Irish nationals (-3.6%) in the year to Quarter 4 2012. Read the full Story


The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) publishes fourth report on Ireland

The ECRI welcome positive developments in Ireland since it published its third report in 2007 but note that some issues continue to give rise to concern. Read the full Story


New ESRI/Equality Authority Report: Ethnicity and Nationality in the Irish Labour Market

In 2010, Immigrants did not fare as well on average as Irish nationals in the Irish labour market with the results varying according to nationality and ethnicity. Read the full Story


Immigration in Ireland in 2012

The Department of Justice and Equality release key figures on immigration-related activity in Ireland in 2012 and outline plans for 2013. Read the full Story

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