Global immigration services firm Fragomen has announced the opening of an office in Dublin following an increase in demand for its services in Ireland since the Brexit vote. Fragomen helps firms that are moving or hiring staff from other countries and already has 40 offices around the world.
Bill Foster, managing director of Fragomen's Dublin office, said the new Irish office will be a fully fledged part of the company's global network. Mr Foster said that while Brexit was one of the drivers behind the move to Dublin, it is not the only reason for the company being here as Fragomen was seeing a significant interest in Ireland from its clients for a number of years.
Mr Foster said his company is hearing a lot of interest and enquiries from clients in relation to Dublin and potential moves to Ireland. He said this interest is across the spectrum and ranges from the tech industry to the financial services industry. The reason behind Fragomen's move to Ireland at this stage is that the company anticipates that more companies will move to Ireland as Brexit approaches, Mr Foster said.
Once the business here is settled and post-Brexit, Bill Foster said the company will continue to see growth in Ireland and sees the move to Dublin as a long-term commitment. Despite the prospect of the extra red-tape a hard Brexit would present, Mr Foster said he does not want to see such a scenario and said no-one wants to see this occurring. But whether there is a hard or a soft Brexit, Mr Foster said he believes there will be a movement of people form London in future years.
On the issue of borders and the movement of people, Mr Foster said he noted that all the parties involved in the Brexit process - the European Commission, the UK and Irish governments - have stated their commitment to a soft border. Everyone has also continued to commit to a common travel area, he added. In terms of the movement of people - without getting into the issues of customs union - the immigration law specialist said he was "very hopeful" that the free movement of people will continue. People in Northern Ireland also have the right to citizenship in the Republic, so in that sense the impact to business can be mitigated regardless of the outcome of Brexit, he added.
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