Racism is on the rise in Ireland during the recession – and economic troubles are helping more prejudiced attitudes take root, according to a group representing immigrants.
The Journal.ie reports: The Immigrant Council of Ireland called for more political leadership to counter misconceptions that people from other countries are unfairly benefiting from Irish jobs and public services.
We know from countries with long histories of immigration that attitudes towards migrants can become hostile during times of economic downturn and recession. And, unfortunately, we are witnessing this trend in Ireland now.
Sr Kennedy said that there was currently only “weak political support” for immigration issues. A recent survey showed one-third of TDs believe showing support for migrants could damage their chances of re-election, and a large majority said they came across racist sentiments while canvassing earlier this year.
She said: “Ten years ago, migrants were making a huge contribution to Ireland’s economic boom. I have no doubt that now – in this time of recession – young people from migrant backgrounds are amongst those who can contribute most to the future recovery of this country.”
More: Immigrants in Ireland are ‘under siege’, say black community leaders
- Migration tensions down to politicians and media, says report (guardian.co.uk)
- Black Leaders Of Ireland are not Happy with the Irish Government. (politics.ie)
- Migrants and attitudes ‘not linked’ (mirror.co.uk)