Influx of immigrants is 'without precedent'
Published on Sept. 4, 2009
Influx of immigrants is ‚without precedent‘
Slovak economist Martin Kahanec, who gave a presentation at the ESRI, said Ireland’s decision to open the borders early had ensured that the best educated immigrants came here, while countries that opened their borders later became home to poorly educated immigrants. THE number of immigrants who settled in Ireland during the past decade is without precedent in the Western world, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) said yesterday. Eastern Europeans made up over 4pc of the population by 2007 after being a negligible percentage of the population just five years earlier. In Britain, the immigrant population rose by 2pc in the 30 years after 1960, it added.