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Legal obstacles to access employment in the public sector under equal conditions for migrants

Key Area:
Discrimination, Equality
05/03/2012 - 18:36
Short Answer

Certain Irish language requirements in the civil service (e.g. Primary school teaching, librarian positions) serves as a barrier for non-nationals seeking employment. The Irish language restrictions for lawyers, secondary school teachers, and the gardai have been removed.

Qualitative Info

“Proficiency in Irish: Within the public sector, there are a number of areas where competence in Irish is required such as for Primary school teaching, and librarian positions. Until recently Irish was also a requirement for An Garda Síochána, although this was amended to facilitate greater diversity. While Irish is now a requirement for a very limited range of jobs in the public service, the misperception amongst some immigrants, and indeed amongst Irish that it is a requirement for a broad range of roles represents a barrier.”

-‘Issues and Challenges in the Recruitment and Selection of Immigrant Workers in Ireland’ Prepared for the Employers’ Diversity Network of the Public Appointments Service

Groups affected/interested
Type (R/D) Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Anti-semitism, Islamophobia, Afrophobia, Arabophobia, Anti-roma/zinghanophobia, Inter-ethnic, Intra-ethnic, Nationalism, Anti-roma/ romaphobia, Xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Employment - labour market, Housing, Health and social protection, Education, Culture, Political discourse -parties - orgs, Political participation, Anti-discrimination, Anti-racism, Integration - social cohesion, Daily life
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