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Ireland is Home: Survey & policy paper on the lives of undocumented migrants in Ireland

Ireland is Home Infographic and Policy Paper

Between August and October 2014, MRCI surveyed 540 undocumented migrants living in Ireland. The respondents opened up about their work, their lives and their families. The findings demonstrate the need for the Government to introduce a regularisation scheme to address the plight of the undocumented men, women and children for whom Ireland is home.

Key findings: of the 540 undocumented migrants surveyed,

  • 21% have been here for 10 years or more
  • 81% have been here for 5 years or more
  • 87% are working
  • 44% are parents
  • 53% have 3rd-level education
  • people of 29 different nationalities were surveyed, but the top 5 were Filipino, Chinese, Mauritian, Brazilian and Pakistani.
  • 86.5% entered the country legally and subsequently became undocumented