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Should Illegal Economic Migrants Be Allowed To Stay In Ireland? Episode 238

Niall Boylan | June 26, 2024
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    Should Illegal Economic Migrants Be Allowed To Stay In Ireland? Episode 238
    Niall Boylan

In this episode, Niall explores the question: Should Illegal Economic Migrants Be Allowed To Stay In Ireland? The discussion stems from a piece in Gript Media reporting on Irish Times journalist Kitty Holland’s comments that many NGO staff working with asylum seekers are aware that significant numbers of economic migrants are deliberately posing as asylum seekers to enter the country.

Niall highlights the key points from Holland’s interview on the In the News podcast, where she mentioned that these economic migrants see asylum applications as their only legal means to enter Ireland. She noted that there are calls for broader applications for work permits to allow people to come in legally and contribute to sectors in need of workers.

Niall opens up the lines to callers, asking for their opinions on whether economic migrants should be allowed to stay.

Some callers don’t agree with allowing illegal economic migrants to stay. They argue that while people may seek a better life, it’s unfair to those who follow proper channels. The system is already strained with housing and public services, and adding more people without proper vetting and planning could exacerbate these issues. They emphasize the need to prioritize citizens and legal immigrants.

Other callers believe in considering the allowance of economic migrants to stay. They argue that many of these individuals are willing to work hard and fill jobs in demand. Rather than forcing them through a broken asylum system, legal pathways should be created for them to contribute to the economy. They see this as a win-win situation, benefiting both the migrants and the country’s workforce needs.

Niall wraps up by summarizing the diverse viewpoints, reflecting on the balance between maintaining fair and structured immigration policies and addressing the economic needs of the country.




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