Wednesday, November 08, 2006

ESRI highlights discrimination issues in Ireland

RTE News:

New research has shown that most cases of harassment of immigrants happen on the streets or on public transport.

The survey of racism and discrimination by the Economic and Social Research Institute showed 35% had experienced harassment in public places and on public transport.

It is the first large scale study of immigrants' experience of racism and discrimination in Ireland.

Almost one in three work permit holders and asylum seekers said they had been insulted or discriminated against in the workplace.

There was also evidence of discrimination in State services, in particular immigration, where 17% said they were badly treated.

Other areas of concern were access to housing, healthcare and social services.

In all areas, asylum seekers are treated worse than work permit holders, as are those from south and central Africa.

While levels of reported racism in Ireland are lower than other countries, the ESRI says immigration is relatively new to Ireland and comes at a time of rapid economic growth.

The institute says it is still not known if racism will increase or decrease as migrant communities become more established.

One in three immigrants claim harassment - report

ESRI study says more than a third of immigrants in Ireland have been racially abused in public

1 Comments:

At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The institute says it is still not known (sic) if racism will increase or decrease as migrant communities become more established.

In one sense it depends on how you define "racism".

How do the Irish feel about the possibility that "migrant communities" might become "more established"?

Maybe the geniuses at the "institute" could take a look at, say, England to get an idea.

Welcome to the EU, Ireland. Be prepared to welcome hghly productive and integrable "migrant communities".

Not.

 

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