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  • 2.
    • Ireland has changed from the country of migrants
    • into the country of immigrants from all over the world.
  • 3. INDEX
    • How many nationalities are there in Limerick?
    • What is the experience of immigrants in Ireland?
    • How much help do they get?
    • Are immigrants satisfied with living in Ireland?
    • What does the Irish educational system offer to them?
    • What languages do they learn?
    • What are their expectations for themselves and their children?
  • 4. 1.How many nationalities are there in Limerick?
  • 5.
    • 1.Where do you come from?
    • 2.How long have you been living in Ireland?
    • 3.Why have you chosen Ireland to come?
    • 4.What difficulties have you met living in Ireland?
    • 5.How do you socialize with local people?
    • 6.Do you feel confident in Ireland?
    • 7.How long do you expect to stay in Ireland?
    • 8.Do you think you will return to your native country?
    Our survey questions to immigrants
  • 6.
    • 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.
  • 7. Our survey questions to Irish People.
    • What is your attitude towards immigration?
    • How do you feel about immigrants nowadays in the context of recession?
    • Would you like immigrants to go back to their countries?
  • 8.
    • Irish people’s attitude towards immigrants is positive in general. However, there are differences between young and older people. The latter ones find problems with immigration.
    • Consequently, if their attitude is positive, people don’t really care if immigrants want to stay in or to leave Ireland in the context of recession.
    • One Irish young woman said: ‘I don’t mind immigrants in Ireland, at least they make the Irish less lazy’.
  • 9. 2. What is the experience of immigrants in Ireland?
    • .According to the article about Polish workers in Ireland in ‘Labor Studies Journal’ and also to our own survey carried out in Limerick:
    • The experience of working, accommodation facilities and health care service in Ireland is generally quite positive.
    • The immigrants (usually young ones) whose English language skills are good feel more confident in Ireland and they socialize with local community easily.
  • 10. 3. How much help do they get?
    • 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.
    • Development groups.
    • Parent and Toddler Group Facilities
    • Free Legal Advice.
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. 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)
  • 13. 6. What languages do they learn?
    • Immigrants learn English basically.
    • Irish language is compulsory if the child was under eleven when he/she moved to Ireland.
  • 14. 7. What are they expectations for themselves and their children?
    • The reasons of immigration are basically:
      • Political : looking for asylum
        • They want to stay in Ireland for a long time.
        • They don’t want to come back to their own countries.
      • Economical : looking for better standards of living
        • Some of them want to stay here for a long time.
        • Some others want to return to their countries in 3 or 5 years.
  • 15. Thanks to:
    • Jed
    • James (Doras Luimmi)
    • Different Polish, Irish and other nationalities people
  • 16. Reference
    • Emma Hehir. Local News. Limerick you’re a lady, say Polish community. 07.04.2009.
    • Thomas Turner, Daryl D’Art, Christine Cross. Polish Workers in Ireland. A Contented Proletariat? University of Limerick. 2008.
    • Doras Luimmi. Newsletter Volume II, Issue I. May, 2009.