In May 2004 Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom opened their labour markets to nationals of the ten new member states. As Germany is to follow, it is time to learn from the experiences of others. This study analyses the public debate in Ireland, the impact on labour markets as well as the implications for welfare and overall economic and societal effects. Particular emphasis is given to the role of trade unions and their responses to the massive inflow of migrants from the new member states.
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