Making Growth More Inclusive by Better Integrating Migrants in Ireland

Authors: Elish Kelly , Seamus McGuinness

Research Areas: Migration, Integration and Demography

In an increasingly globalised labour market, a country?s ability to integrate migrants has a significant impact on how inclusive growth is. It will also affect the relative attractiveness of a country as a destination for potential migrants. Ireland, given its relatively open labour market, large migration flows and its recent experience of a large economic cycle, provides an opportunity to study the interaction between the labour market, migration and inclusion; and to assess how these interactions have evolved over the business cycle. In particular, this research project, which is being undertaken in collaboration with researchers from the Geary Institute UCD and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), will examine and compare the employment and unemployment probabilities of migrants and natives. The research will also examine the extent to which these probabilities have changed over the course of the business cycle, from boom (2006) to bust (2010) to recovery (2012) to recently (2014). The study will use longitudinal data from the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS), which is collected by the Central Statistics Office, to examine these labour market issues, and will do so for various nationality groups. The research has the potential to inform policy formation in the design of effective labour market policies to assist in the integration of migrants in Ireland.

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