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

Date Published: 16-01-2013

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.

The research shows that Black African, Ethnic Minority EU and EU New Member State groups fare worse than other national-ethnic groups in terms of both objective labour market outcomes (e.g. employment and unemployment) and in their experience of discrimination.

Key findings of the study are:

  • In 2010, the labour force participation rate for Asians and White EU individuals ranged between 72% (Irish and UK) and 86% (New Member States) compared to only 60% for Black Africans and 65% for Ethnic Minority EU individuals.
  • Employment rates were also lower among Black African (38%) and Ethnic Minority EU individuals (51%) compared to an average employment rate of 61% for the sample population.
  • Black Africans recorded the highest unemployment rate (36%), and were four times more likely to be unemployed than White Irish individuals.
  • All national-ethnic groups, apart from White UK and White EU-13 individuals, reported substantially higher rates of discrimination in the workplace than White Irish.
  • Black Africans are almost seven times more likely to report experiencing discrimination in the workplace, and seven times more likely to report having experienced discrimination when looking for work.
  • Ethnic Minority EU individuals are four times more likely to report experiencing discrimination while looking for work than White Irish nationals.
  • Migrants who arrived in Ireland during the recession (i.e. in or after 2008) were found to be more likely to report experiencing discrimination when looking for work than those who had arrived during the boom.
  • Compared with 2004, Black African individuals were more likely to be employed in 2010. While this result suggests a slight improvement for Black Africans over time, they were still less likely than White Irish individuals to be in employment in 2010.

The results are based on new analysis of the Central Statistic Office's Quarterly National Household Survey: Equality Module 2010. The report uses data from the Equality Module 2004 to compare the experiences of immigrants during the boom with those during the recession.

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