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REFORM OF IMMIGRATION RULES

REFORM OF IMMIGRATION RULES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IS WELCOME: IMMIGRANT COUNCIL OF IRELAND

By: Ruth Evans


The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) welcomed the news that the Government is overhauling the immigration rules affecting international students (those from outside the European Economic Area).

ICI chief executive Denise Charlton said there was no doubt that Ireland’s restrictive, ad hoc and, at times unfair immigration rules affecting international students would have prevented this country being able to compete effectively as a knowledge economy to attract students to our universities and educational facilities.

“International students make a massive contribution to Ireland, not just in terms of immediate economic benefits, but through their contribution to our knowledge and skills base and to our society as a whole,” Ms Charlton said.

“We particularly welcome reported moves to remove restrictions that prevented students who gained or enhanced their qualifications here from using their skills in Ireland for the benefit of this country.

“We have yet to examine the detail of the Government’s immigration reform proposals but we hope they will treat international students as human beings with rights, not just as commodities.”

The ICI made a submission to the Government’s consultation paper on a New Immigration Regime for Full-Time Non-EEA Students in September last year.


23 September 2010   

 

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