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Immigration and the Irish Labour Market. Brian McCormick FAS. Overview. Economic and Labour Market Background Migration Trends Impact of Migration on the Economy Medium-Term Outlook Implications of Qualification Recognition. Economic Background. GNP averaging = 5%

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Overview

  • Economic and Labour Market Background
  • Migration Trends
  • Impact of Migration on the Economy
  • Medium-Term Outlook
  • Implications of Qualification Recognition
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Economic Background

  • GNP averaging = 5%
  • Employment growth = 4.5%
  • Unemployment = 4.3%
  • Concerns:

- Inflation

- Euro appreciation

- Balance of Payment Deficit

- Construction sector

  • Need to increase R&D
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Education and Earnings of Migrants

  • Non-nationals have higher education than Irish across all sectors / occupations
  • Earnings much lower than the average for the sectors where they work.
  • EU10 workers earning an average of €365 per week
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Impact of Immigration

  • ESRI Study 1993-2003

- Added 3% to GNP

- Kept high-skill wages down (-4/5%)

- Increase employment (+2%)

- Could have been better (0.7%)

  • Recent EU and UK studies have been positive
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Implications of Qualifications Recognition

  • Attracts the best
  • Bridges the productivity gap
  • Increases flexibility
  • Reduces business uncertainty
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Implications of Qualifications Recognition

  • Reduces the ‘brain drain’?
  • Reduces income inequality?
  • Reduces conflict?
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