Are immigrant workers in Ireland a threat or a boost to the living standards of Irish people?
- Title Migrant Labour
- 1st Broadcast 18/04/2006
- ContributorDonogh Diamond (Reporter)
Miriam O Callaghan (Presenter)
- Clip Duration 00:06:40
- Material Type Video
- Series title Prime Time
- Clip title Immigrant Workers. A Threat or Boost?
- Extended description
Prime Time takes a look at immigrant workers in Ireland and asks the question "Are they a threat to us or a boost to our living standards?"
When the European Union enlarged in 2004, Ireland was one of only three EU countries to open its borders to Eastern European workers. This is a decision which has led to an influx of tens of thousands of people seeking employment and a better way of life. So, what does this mean for the Irish economy and society as a whole?
Donogh Diamond meets some of these immigrants from Poland and Lithuania and hears their stories of both success and exploitation. We also hear the views from some Irish people with both positive and negative opinions of their neighbours and co-workers.
Professor John FitzGerald Economist, Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI) outlines potential problems if wage rates are kept down in the semi or unskilled sector. Martin Leahy, Branch Organiser, Cork Construction Branch SIPTU, says as long as the minimum wage rate is higher than what foreign workers can earn at home they will continue to come to Ireland.
An extract from the RTÉ current affairs series 'Prime Time', which examines immigration in Ireland. This report by Donogh Diamond was introduced by Miriam O'Callaghan and was broadcast on 18 April 2006.
- Local keywords Sandra Gruodyte, Tullamore, County Offaly, Migration, Krystztof Misiewicz, Everita Silica, Alex Reszczynska, Rima Dabrisiene, Lukas Simekevicius, John Fitzgerald, Martin Leahy, SIPTU, Economic and Social Research Institute, ESRI, Immigration, Emigration
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Topic Society and Social Issues
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ One
- Production year 2006
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier PXD9/00578
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- Aspect ratio 16:9 (widescreen)
- Original language English (eng)
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