Immigrant groups are calling for recognition and fair assessment of foreign qualifications, with many immigrants over-qualified for the jobs they are doing.

The economic boom of the past decade has transformed Ireland from a country of net emigration to an attractive nation for economic migrants.

Jean-Pierre Eyanga was a highly qualified vet when he came to Ireland from the Congo. However, his qualifications weren't recognised in Ireland so he now works for an immigrant support orgnaisation.

According to the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), many highly qualified migrants end up in low skilled jobs working long hours for low pay. The main reason for this is identified as difficulty in having qualifications from overseas recognised in Ireland. Immigrants are calling for an overhaul of the qualification assessment system in Ireland.