James Wickham of Trinity College Dublin takes a look at Central Statistics Office figures on patterns of behaviour amongst immigrant workers in Ireland.

According to figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) there has been a 70% decrease in the number of foreign born people seeking work in Ireland since 2006. The number of PPS numbers issued has dropped to 67,500 in the last year from approximately a quarter of a million in 2006.

Professor James Wickham of Trinity College, who has been studying the experiences of Polish migrant workers to Ireland for a number of years, takes a look at the figures produced by the CSO in terms of migration flows. In looking at the figures Professor Wickham recognises that a significant number of people that came to Ireland during the boom have remained.

Young single men, with low qualifications working mainly in the construction industry are those who have left, which has addressed both the gender imbalance and the skills profile of Polish immigrants.

Despite the decline in employment in the construction industry people are still coming but in much smaller numbers.