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Immigrants and Welfare Receipt in Ireland

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  • Barrett, Alan

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    (ESRI, Dublin)

  • Joyce, Corona

    ()
    (ESRI, Dublin)

  • Maitre, Bertrand

    ()
    (ESRI, Dublin)

Abstract

Since 2004, Ireland has included in its system of social welfare payments criteria for receipt which limit the extent to which immigrants can receive welfare payments. In this paper, we compare the rates of receipt of welfare for immigrants and natives to see if the outcome is consistent with the operation of this policy. Using data from 2008, we generally find lower rates of welfare receipt among immigrants. While the numbers of immigrants claiming unemployment-related payments surged at the outset of the recession, there appears to have been a quicker stabilisation in the number of immigrants claiming such benefits relative to natives, based on official data from 2007 to 2010. This would be consistent with the on-going implementation of the type of criteria introduced in 2004.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5516.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5516

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  1. Tommaso Frattini, 2012. "Immigrazione," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, issue 3, pages 363-407, July-Sept.
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  1. Alessandra Venturini, 2012. "Methodological Aspects of Research on Flows Human Capital Flows: A survey," RSCAS Working Papers carim2012/01, European University Institute.

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