Most of our respondents were Polish immigrants who had been living in Ireland for 2-4 years. They chose Ireland because their relatives or friends had already been there. They said they were rather satisfied with living and working in Ireland. Most of them would like to return to Poland in a few years.
Other immigrants (especially the ones who come from non European countries ) usually did not consider going back to their own countries. They had not had any special expectations before coming to Ireland. They are happy here just because they are living in Europe.
According to our interview with the representative of Doras Luimni organisation immigrants are offered:
Classes (of English, computer, literacy etc.)
Sessions on understanding of Cultural Diversity
Help in finding accommodation.
Parent and Toddler Group Facilities
Free Legal Advice.
4. Are immigrants satisfied with living in Ireland?
Most answers in our survey were: Yes, very much . Young immigrants are satisfied with their life in Ireland. They have less problems with the language and they quickly socialize with the local people. Older new immigrants (aged about 50) are more disappointed with their life as they have problems with communication in English which results in worse jobs or losing jobs in the time of recession.
5. What does the Irish educational system offer to them?
Most immigrant families with children are satisfied with the Irish education system and with the possibility to attend their own communities schools at weekends. (e.g. Polish schools are offered to Polish people)