Immigrants harder hit by downturn

Wednesday 04 May 2011 16.37
Report - Immigrants hit badly by unemployment
Report - Immigrants hit badly by unemployment

A new report on how immigrants are integrating into Irish society indicates that they have been worse hit by job losses and unemployment than Irish nationals.

The report published by the ESRI and the Integration Centre shows unemployment rates of 16% among immigrants versus 13% among Irish nationals at the start of 2010.

It also shows non-nationals have lower average household incomes than Irish nationals and rates of home ownership, at 33%, is far lower than the Irish average of 88%.

The report also shows immigrants are more likely to work in jobs below their skill level and to receive lower gross earnings.