Mr David Stanton, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration & Integration, will launch a new report titled Monitoring Report on Integration 2016, published jointly by the ESRI and the Department of Justice and Equality. The report presents a range of findings, including that a significant proportion of immigrants in Ireland are now Irish citizens, income poverty is higher among non-Irish groups than Irish, and employment rates are lower among African nationals than any other nationality grouping. The report uses indicators to measure different aspects of immigrant inclusion in Irish society, using the most recently available data.
Employment and Unemployment
Poverty and Deprivation
Special Theme in the 2016 Report: Immigrant Skills and Competencies
Each Monitoring Report on Integration includes a special focus on a specific issue. The 2016 report focused on original analysis of the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). It compares the skills of immigrants in Ireland with the native born population in terms of literacy, numeracy and problem solving.
Mr David Stanton, Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration & Integration stated:
“Our priority is to promote the integration of migrants into communities across the country. It is vital that we monitor changes in the circumstances and experiences of migrants over time so that we can respond to their needs and plan for the future. Developing our knowledge base is a crucial part of this process. The ESRI’s Integration Monitor is giving us valuable evidence of areas on which progress has been made and on those on which further action is needed.”
Commenting on these findings, report author Dr Frances McGinnity said:
“The immigrant population in Ireland now comprises a large group of immigrants with Irish citizenship who share the same rights and responsibilities as Irish citizens by birth or descent. Citizenship does not necessarily imply a sense of belonging, but the very significant increase in the numbers gaining citizenship indicates progress towards the fuller integration of immigrants in Ireland. Notwithstanding the considerable progress made, challenges remain for Ireland in integrating its large numbers of new immigrants.”
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