Just picked this report up on the massive fluctuation in the migration flows over the last fifteen years or so; and the changing nature of Irish citizenship to keep up with those changes… It includes data which show the recessions impact: immigration flows decreased 23 percent from 2007 to 2008 while emigration increased to levels not seen since the early 1990s. In particular, flows from Eastern Europe have dropped to about 40 percent of all inflows, compared to 48 percent in 2007. The article also traces the evolution of laws governing citizenship, eligibility for asylum, and the work permit system from the 1990s until today.
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