High fees block access to college for many young migrants

Thursday 14 March 2013 19.52
Migrants who are not Irish citizens are expected to pay third-level fees of between €6,000 and €11,000 a year
Migrants who are not Irish citizens are expected to pay third-level fees of between €6,000 and €11,000 a year

Hundreds of young migrants are being prevented from going on to third-level education because they aren't yet Irish citizens, writes Education Correspondent Emma O Kelly.

Unlike their classmates who pay fees of €2,500 a year or receive a grant, these youngsters are expected to pay fees of between €6,000 and €11,000 a year.

Their parents typically work in low-pay jobs, as security guards or care assistants or cleaners.

But they argue they pay their taxes like everyone else and their children should have the same rights as others.

The Department of Education is due to publish a report addressing the issue shortly.

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