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Integration and Social Cohesion in the Republic of Ireland$
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Bryan Fanning

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719084782

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719084782.001.0001

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Some numbers and percentages

Some numbers and percentages

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Integration and Social Cohesion in the Republic of Ireland

Bryan Fanning

Manchester University Press

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

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