Immigrant Workers. A Threat or Boost?

EXHIBITION : IMMIGRATION THE CHANGING FACE OF IRELAND

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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
  • Contributor
    Donogh 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.


     

  • Information

    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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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    16:9 (widescreen)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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