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Some numbers and percentages

Bryan Fanning

in Integration and Social Cohesion in the Republic of Ireland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780719084782
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702215 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719084782.003.0004
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The 2006 Irish Census identified a population of 4,239,848 persons. Of the ‘usually resident’ population, 610,000 (14.7 percent) were born outside the Republic of Ireland. Of these, approximately 10 percent were ‘non-Irish nationals’. Just more than 10 percent of children in Ireland in 2006 were born in other countries such as England and Wales, United States, Poland, Lithuania, and other European Union countries. Some 7.4 percent of identified children living in the Republic of Ireland do not have Irish citizenship. The British experience indicates that racism, discrimination, and other barriers to integration are experienced differently and with different consequences by different groups. This can be translated, in the Irish case, into a hypothesis that Chinese, Polish, Lithuanian or Nigerian immigrants will experience different opportunities for and barriers to integration. Asylum seekers comprised a major strand of immigration. Comprehensively disaggregated data can serve to explode myths, such as those about ghettos considered in this chapter, as well as provide an evidence base to address actual risks of social exclusion amongst immigrants, particularly those who settle in disadvantaged areas.

Keywords: Ireland; children; immigrants; racism; discrimination; integration; immigration; ghettos; asylum seekers; social exclusion

Chapter.  9058 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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