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25 Oct 2022

Non-EEA Sea Fishers in Irish fleet to become eligible for employment permits

On 11 October 2022, the Department of Justice announced that non-EEA fishers would be eligible for Employment Permits. This followed recommendations made in the Review of the Atypical Scheme for non-EEA Crew in the Irish Fishing Fleet. Non-EEA migrants in the Irish fishing fleet are currently employed under the Atypical Working Scheme. This scheme was established in 2015 to address … Read More

14 Sep 2022

Migrant women in Ireland may face a ‘double disadvantage’

Research shows that non-EU migrant women in Ireland may face a ‘double disadvantage’, which relates to being both a woman and a migrant. Additional challenges include accessing health care, labour market barriers and gender-based violence. New EMN Ireland/ESRI research looks at the situation of non-EU migrant women in Ireland and policy responses towards this group. The research is part of … Read More

05 Sep 2022

Population and Migration Estimates 2022 show population growth driven by large increase in migration

On Wednesday, 24 August 2022, the Central Statistics Office released its annual Population and Migration Estimates, which use preliminary results from Census 2022 to estimate Ireland’s population in April of this year. As we (and others) noted when the preliminary census results were released in June, Census 2022 showed a population over 5 million people for the first time since … Read More

26 Aug 2022

Migrants in the labour force in 2022

The day after publishing the annual Population and Migration Estimates showing the highest inward migration numbers in fifteen years (more on these new statistics to come from us in the near future), yesterday the Central Statistics Office released a smaller, less widely discussed dataset that also sheds some light on the nature of migration in Ireland in 2022: the Labour … Read More

22 Aug 2022

CSO releases latest statistics on arrivals from Ukraine in Ireland

Last Friday, 19 August, the Central Statistics Office released the fifth instalment in the series ‘Arrivals from Ukraine in Ireland’. The latest set of statistics includes individuals issued with PPS numbers under the Temporary Protection Directive as of 7 August 2022. Since the previous instalment, which covered the period up to 10 July 2022, the total number of PPS numbers … Read More

18 Aug 2022

New scheme to support temporary protection beneficiaries in accessing further education

Yesterday, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD announced a new scheme that will support temporary protection beneficiaries from Ukraine in Ireland to access Post Leaving Certificate courses during the 2022/2023 academic year. The scheme will allow qualified students to attend Solas-approved PLC courses without paying any fees. It will also provide them with … Read More

12 Aug 2022

International Youth Day 2022

Today is International Youth Day, an observance focused on the perspectives, needs, and contributions of youth and young people, defined by the UN World Programme of Action for Youth as those aged 15-24. According to the UN, there are 1.2 billion young people in the world today, comprising 16% of the global population. A 2016 report from the Immigrant Council … Read More

04 Aug 2022

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Part 2: Recent developments in Irish policy

In April of this year, EMN Ireland published the study Detection, identification and protection of third-country national victims of human trafficking in Ireland, which examined developments in Irish policy between 2015 and 2020. Since publication of the report, there have been several significant developments in the Irish policy landscape with regard to human trafficking. The first development is the publication … Read More

04 Aug 2022

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Part 1: Ireland in global perspective

Saturday, 30 July, marked World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. In observance of this international day, we are publishing a two-part post on human trafficking in Ireland. Part 1 places Irish data on trafficking within a global perspective, comparing Irish statistics (compiled from a variety of sources, including a recent EMN Ireland study), with international ones, as presented in the … Read More

21 Jul 2022

Latest CSO statistics on arrivals from Ukraine in Ireland

Earlier this week, on Monday, 18 July, the Central Statistics Office published its most recent set of figures on arrivals from Ukraine in Ireland. These statistics include all individuals issued with PPS numbers under the Temporary Protection Directive as of 10 July. Since the previous CSO report, which covered the period up to 19 June, the total number of arrivals … Read More

15 Jul 2022

Students from Ukraine in the Irish educational system

Earlier this week, the Eurydice network – a European Commission initiative devoted to explaining how education systems work throughout the EU – published a new report titled ‘Supporting refugee learners from Ukraine in schools in Europe 2022’. The report synthesises information and policies from 35 countries across Europe (EU Member States except Hungary, plus Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Iceland, … Read More

01 Jul 2022

Innovate for Ireland partnership seeks to attract and retain PhD students from Ireland and abroad

Today Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister for Research and Innovation Simon Harris launched the new Innovate for Ireland public-private partnership, which will offer stipends of €28,000 per year to PhD students from Ireland and abroad. Initially, the initiative will seek to attract up to 400 PhD students to undertake research in Ireland on national and global challenges such as climate … Read More

01 Jul 2022

Preliminary 2022 census results show population increases from migration in all twenty-six counties

The Central Statistics Office released the preliminary findings from the 2022 census on 23 June. The headline item was that, for the first time since 1841, the population of Ireland was greater than five million. The initial results provide some insights into how migration has played a role in this historic population change. Population growth since the previous census in … Read More

30 Jun 2022

New National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual, and Gender-Based Violence Works to Address Additional Challenges Faced by Migrants

Earlier this week, the Department of Justice launched Zero Tolerance, the third national strategy on domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence (DSGBV). This is a five-year strategy, which is to be expanded and detailed in a series of implementation plans. The first implementation plan was published simultaneously with the strategy and covers the period from now until the end of 2023. … Read More

28 Jun 2022

Department of Justice publishes General Scheme of the Inspection of Places of Detention Bill

On Friday, 24 June 2022, the Department of Justice announced the publication of the General Scheme of the Inspection of Places of Detention Bill. This bill will provide for the designation of National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs), which act as national inspecting bodies for places of detention within Ireland. NPMs monitor places of detention through regular inspection visits and make recommendations … Read More

28 Jun 2022

Some key developments in EU migration and asylum policy from the European Council

On 22 June, the European Council agreed to adopt the main elements of the first stage of the phased New Pact on Migration and Asylum, which was first proposed by the European Commission in September 2020. In so doing, the Member States agreed to begin negotiations with the European Parliament on two migration management tools: the Eurodac Regulation and the … Read More

27 Jun 2022

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission makes key recommendations in first National Anti-Trafficking Report

Last week, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), in its role as Ireland’s National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking, published the first National Anti-Trafficking Report. IHREC identified a number of areas as key matters of priority in continuing to combat human trafficking in Ireland. These include Coordination among the relevant State departments and agencies – the Commission called for … Read More

24 Jun 2022

UNHCR Global Trends Report 2021 highlights continued increases in the numbers of people forcibly displaced worldwide

On 16 June, the United Nations Human Rights Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) released its Global Trends Report 2021, reporting on forced displacement worldwide for the year 2021. UNHCR reports that 89.3 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide at the end of 2021; this figure includes refugees, internally displaced people, asylum seekers, and Venezuelans displaced abroad. While conflict is not the … Read More

24 May 2022

New scheme could significantly reduce the number of undocumented migrants living in Ireland

  Research shows that undocumented migrants can experience difficulties accessing services in Ireland. The recently introduced Regularisation of Long-Term Undocumented Migrants Scheme could significantly reduce the size of this group in Ireland. However, certain policy challenges remain, for those who do not regularise under this scheme and for future undocumented migrants. New EMN Ireland/ESRI research looks at policy on undocumented … Read More

27 Apr 2022

New study highlights challenges in current system for victims of human trafficking, including lack of suitable accommodation

  New EMN Ireland/ESRI research examines the policies and procedures in place in Ireland to detect, identify and protect non-EU national victims of human trafficking. Between 2015 and 2020, 356 people were identified by An Garda Síochána as suspected victims of human trafficking, of them approximately 59 per cent were non-EU nationals. The research is part of an EU-wide study … Read More

25 Mar 2022

EMN EU Launch Event: Study on third-country national victims of human trafficking

Third-country nationals account for more than half of the registered victims of trafficking in EU Member States. Vulnerable migrants have been reported to be at persistent risk of becoming victims of trafficking along migratory routes. Their detection and identification in mixed migration flows remains a challenge in a number of EU Member States. This can relate to tensions with the … Read More

08 Mar 2022

Changes to doctors’ immigration permissions aimed at attracting mobile talent

  Major changes to working arrangements and immigration permissions for most non-EEA doctors have been announced by the Departments of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Justice and Health. The changes are intended to make Ireland a more attractive location for doctors, to help retain medical staff and to reduce the administrative burden on doctors and their employers. From now, non-EEA doctors … Read More

04 Mar 2022

European Union enacts Temporary Protection Directive

  On 4 March 2022, the Council of the European Union enacted the Temporary Protection Directive (Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/382) in response to refugees arriving in the EU from Ukraine. The enactment of the Directive means persons fleeing the armed conflict in Ukraine will have access to ‘temporary protection’ in EU Member States. The Directive, which establishes minimum standards for … Read More

03 Mar 2022

New EMN Inform: Skills Mobility Partnerships: Exploring Innovative Approaches to Labour Migration

In 2020, the New Pact on Migration and Asylum emphasised the importance of creating new legal pathways in the context of labour migration, skills matching and addressing labour shortages.[1] In this context, and in view of unprecedented demographic changes, technological development and the growing mobility of workers, Skills Mobility Partnerships (SMPs) with third countries are being considered as part of … Read More

10 Feb 2022

New EMN-OECD inform: The use of digitalisation and artificial intelligence in migration management

Over recent years and following the increased use of digital technology during the COVID-19 pandemic, many Member States have or plan to enhance the deployment of digital services in a number of areas related to the management of migration and asylum. This joint EMN-OECD inform draws on the contributions of 24 Member States[1] and inputs from the OECD, including additional … Read More

07 Feb 2022

Update: Scheme to regularise long-term undocumented migrants opens

The scheme to regularise long-term undocumented migrants and their families opened on 31st January 2022. Online applications will be accepted for six months until 31 July 2022. The scheme will enable successful applicants, and their eligible dependants, to remain and reside in the State and to regularise their residency status. Successful applicants will receive immigration permission, access to the labour … Read More