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Migration, Integration and Demography

Research examines the major forces that shape the population, including fertility, mortality and migration. A key research theme is the integration of migrants and their children. Work in this area incorporates research conducted by EMN Ireland, the national contact point for the European Migration Network. Their research provides objective, up-to-date and comparable statistics on migration and asylum.

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Failure to hold a valid passport and/or visa among the main reasons for immigration detention in Ireland

New EMN Ireland/ESRI research shows that alternatives to detention, such as regular reporting to a Garda Síochána station, are used routinely for persons being deported or transferred to other Member States. Nonetheless, in 2019, 477 people were detained in Irish prisons for immigration-related reasons, reducing to 245 people in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

New research looks at ways to combat racial discrimination in the labour market

How effective are measures to reduce racial discrimination and promote diversity in the labour market? This is the focus of a report published by the ESRI which reviews international evidence to inform the work of the Anti-Racism Committee. It is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. The review considers a wide range of approaches, including legislative and legal remedies, as well as affirmative action and equal opportunities policies. 

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Integration and equality research programme

Download research which aims to create, improve and enhance knowledge on migrant integration and equality, with funding by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration.

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European Migration Network, Ireland

Download research on topics including: international protection, family migration, unaccompanied minors, labour migration and irregular migration.

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Integration and attitudes towards immigrants

A number of publications examine how immigrants are perceived by people in the host country.