A new report from the Central Statistics Office shows a huge fall off in the numbers of foreign nationals coming to Ireland seeking work. Just 58,300 foreigners of working age got PPSN numbers in 2011. This is compared to 204,000 in 2006. From 2002-2011 we truly became a diverse, multicultural country with 1.148 million foreigners of working age coming to Ireland and being allocated PPSN numbers.
Possibly the most interesting part of the report demolishes the racist myth that immigrants only come for the welfare:
The CSO report on Foreign Nationals shows that the huge drop-off in employment levels since 2006 has not resulted in a corresponding increase in social welfare claims.
Only 28pc of those allocated PPSN numbers that year were claiming welfare in 2011.
And that number would include thousands of parents whose only welfare claim was for child benefit payments.
Among migrants who came here in 2011, social welfare uptake was just 9pc.
The Integration Centre, which works with immigrants, said the report debunks the myth about high numbers of migrants on social welfare.
- See more at: 1m migrants arrived but only 25pc still working here in 2011 - Independent.ie