Amárach Research conducted an online survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,000 adults aged 18+ in the Republic of Ireland on 1 st -5 th September 2008.
The survey was about their opinions on Ireland’s experience of immigration and their integration into Irish society.
Some of the survey participants were themselves foreign nationals living in Ireland, but they represent too small a sub-sample in this survey to separate out for analysis purposes.
The following charts show the main findings from the survey.
Our history is one framed by emigration rather than immigration. But all that has changed. The Republic of Ireland has experienced the net inward migration of 457,000 people since 1996; unprecedented in the country’s history. How have Irish people been affected?
A Good Thing Because the people who immigrated to Ireland, often do the jobs, the Irish people dont want to do. Leads to a better understanding of other cultures, which gives each of us a richer tapestry to weave our lives. It shows the celtic tiger is booming, but some of the immigrants have gone back home in the last few months. I think it's always good for a society to have outside influences as it leads to growth, more open-mindedness and general development.
A Bad Thing Because our own folks are being undercut by foreign nationals when quoting for jobs. Too many foreign nationals coming in and living off state benefits. We are ill-equipped to deal with large numbers of newcomers either in infrastructural or social terms. the whole culture of ireland has been diluted to the point where it is not recognisable any more .
Though the experience and scale of immigration is relatively recent, the process of integration is only under way ...
Q1a. We are interested in your views on immigration and the effect it has had on Ireland. All things considered, do you think that immigration has been on balance good for Ireland, bad for Ireland or has made little difference to Ireland?
Q1b. If Good: why do you say that?
Q1c. If Bad: why do you say that?
Q2. How well do you feel that immigrants to Ireland have integrated into Irish society? Do you feel they have: CHOOSE ONE
Integrated almost completed
Integrated to a limited extent but will integrate further over time
Integrated to a limited extent and probably won’t integrate any further
Hardly integrated at all
Don’t know/not sure
Q3a. Are you aware of any groups in your area (e.g. sporting, cultural, political, church etc.) active in promoting the integration of immigrants?
Yes - No
Q3b. IF YES: which groups or organisations are you thinking of?
Q4. Thinking about the Government’s role in the integration of immigrants, do you think that the Government is: CHOOSE ONE
Doing enough about integration - Doing too little about integration, or
Doing too much about integration?
Q5. To what extent do you worry about the impact of immigration on a) our health services and b) our education services? - Not at all worried - A little worried - Extremely worried
Q6. Given the outlook for the economy, do you think immigration policy should be:
a) made more restrictive, or
b) made less restrictive, or
c) left as is
Q7. Looking ahead, do you expect that a future Irish Taoiseach or President will be descended from recent immigrants to Ireland?
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