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Torben Krings, Elaine Moriarty, and James Wickham

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088094

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088094.001.0001

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Routes into employment: migrant aspirations and employer strategies

Routes into employment: migrant aspirations and employer strategies

(p.58) 4 Routes into employment: migrant aspirations and employer strategies
New mobilities in Europe

Torben Krings

Elaine Moriarty

James Wickham

Alicja Bobek

Justyna Salamońska

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines migrant aspirations and employer recruitment strategies in the aftermath of EU enlargement. Polish migrants were attracted to Ireland by the prospect of an endless supply of jobs and a higher income. However, non-economic motives such as the desire to travel and to learn the English language were also present. Upon arrival in Ireland, migrants found employment in both skilled and less-skilled jobs, utilising a number of formal and informal recruitment channels. On the employer side, the chapter documents how Ireland’s open labour market policy transformed the recruitment strategies of Irish firms. Whereas pre-enlargement firms were more likely to recruit migrants from outside of the European Economic Area, this changed after 2004 and the arrival of a qualified workforce. As employers were keen to fill labour shortages, Ireland’s ‘goldrush’ labour market appeared as a ‘win-win’ situation for both sides of the employment relationship.

Keywords:   employers, EU enlargement, migrant aspirations, open labour market policy, recruitment

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