Immigration And Integration In Ireland   An Amárach Research Report
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  • 1. Attitudes to Integration in Ireland Main Findings September 2008 © Amárach Research
  • 2. Note on Methodology
    • 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.
  • 3. 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?
  • 4. On Balance
    • ‘ Bad’:
    • Females > Males
    • 18-24s
    • Lower Incomes
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. 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 .
  • 7. Though the experience and scale of immigration is relatively recent, the process of integration is only under way ...
  • 8. Degrees of Integration
    • ‘ Integrated’:
    • Dublin
    • Higher Incomes
    • Middle Aged
  • 9. There have been a number of initiatives aimed at integrating recent immigrants, that have also caught the attention of the wider population ...
  • 10. Integration Activities
    • ‘ Not Aware’:
    • 18-24s
    • Lower Incomes
    • Dublin
  • 11. Playing Their Part
  • 12. The Government is seen as a key player in the integration process, with a central role ...
  • 13. Rating Government
    • ‘ Doing Enough’:
    • Over 50s
    • Middle Incomes
  • 14. The demographic impact of immigration is significant, especially as many young immigrants go on to form families ...
  • 15. Some Impact
    • Health ‘Worried’:
    • Females > Males
    • Over 45s
    • Lower Incomes
    • Munster
  • 16. The outlook for the economy is increasingly uncertain, with knock on consequences for attitudes towards further immigration ...
  • 17. Future Options
    • ‘ More Restrictive’:
    • Females > Males
    • Over 55s
    • Middle Incomes
    • Munster
  • 18. Looking beyond the next year or two, we can expect further changes as a result of the long term impact of immigration ...
  • 19. The Future
  • 20. In Conclusion
    • The Irish people are on balance very positive about Ireland’s experience of immigration over the past ten years.
    • The process of integration is still at an early stage, though considerable community efforts are supporting the process.
    • There are concerns about the impact of immigration on health and educational services, and an expectation that the Government could do more to respond to these challenges.
    • Looking to the future, economic uncertainty now means that most people expect greater controls on immigration in the future relative to the recent past.
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  • 22.
    • Questions on Immigration/Integration
    • 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?
    • Good
    • Bad
    • Little Difference
    • 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?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Don’t Know
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