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Projecting the Future Numbers of Migrant Workers in the Health and Social Care Sectors in Ireland


  • Barrett, Alan


  • Rust, Anna



Ireland will experience population ageing in the coming years, whereby the percentage of the population aged 65 and over will rise from its current level of 11 percent to over 20 percent in 2035. A number of papers have looked at the implications of this process for the public finances. However, less attention has been paid to the human resource needs that will arise if increased demands are placed on health and social care systems. In this paper, we provide projections of the possible numbers that will be needed to work in the health and social care sectors out to 2035. We also consider what proportion of the extra employees will be migrants. We discuss both practical and ethical issues which arise when foreign health and social care workers are recruited.

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  • Barrett, Alan & Rust, Anna, 2009. "Projecting the Future Numbers of Migrant Workers in the Health and Social Care Sectors in Ireland," Papers WP275, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:esr:wpaper:wp275

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    1. Frances Ruane & Xiaoheng Zhang, 2007. "Location Choices of the Pharmaceutical Industry in Europe after 1992," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp220, IIIS.
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    2. Smyth, Emer & Darmody, Merike & McGinnity, Frances & Byrne, Delma, 2009. "Adapting to Diversity: Irish Schools and Newcomer Students," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number RS8.

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