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Does nationality, citizenship serve as a ground for discrimination in access to public goods and services, employment and/or deprivation of economic and social rights?

Key Area:
Anti-discrimination Legislation & Implementation
23/02/2012 - 12:26
Short Answer

Generally nationality and citizenship is not grounds for discrimination in Ireland. However certain Irish language requirements in the civil service (e.g. Primary school teaching) serves as a barrier for non-nationals seeking employment. It is also alleged that migrant workers are significantly more likely to encounter discrimination while lookin for work.

Qualitative Info


Migrant Rights Center Ireland policy paper 2010 attempts to explore 'racism and how it is manifested towards migrant workers in Ireland.' In this paper it is claimed that Non-Irish nationals are three times more likely to experience discrimination while looking for work. When accessing some public services migrant workers must satisfy the ‘Habitual Residency Condition’ which is claimed disproportionately affects migrants. The Irish welfare office are primarily responsible for enforcing the Habitual Residencey Condition.

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Linguistic minorities, Majority, Asylum seekers, Africans/black people
Type (R/D) Nationalism, Xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Employment - labour market, Housing, Health and social protection, Education, Culture, Political discourse -parties - orgs, Political participation, Integration - social cohesion, Daily life
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