Filipino Irish

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Filipinos in Ireland
Total population
11,500
Regions with significant populations
 ???
Languages
Tagalog, English, other Philippine languages
Religions
 ???
Related ethnic groups
Overseas Filipinos

Filipinos in Ireland consist largely of migrant workers in the health care sector, though others work in tourism and information technology. From just 500 individuals in 1999, they have grown to a population of 11,500 as of 2007, a 2200% expansion in just eight years.<ref name="Embassy">Profile of the Filipino community in Ireland, London: Philippine Embassy, 2007. Retrieved on 2008-10-12</ref> They form the largest category of non-European Union workers in the Republic of Ireland.<ref name="IT"><cite id="CITEREFError: Invalid time.">"Filipino workers here seek visa reform", The Irish Times, 15 April, 2002. Retrieved on 2008-10-12</cite></ref>

Migration history

Ireland began targetting the Philippines for recruitment of nurses in the late 1990s; by 2006, 3,831 Filipinos worked as nurses in Ireland, making them the largest group of foreign nurses, roughly one-fifth larger than Indians, the next largest group. Because of the cost of obtaining a work permit, Filipino nurses earned 30% less than market-rate wages during their first year on the job.<ref name="Yeates">Yeates, Nicola (2008), "Here to Stay? Migrant Health Care Workers in Ireland", in O'Connell, John, The International Migration of Health Care Workers, Routledge, ISBN 9780415956239, at 66-73</ref> Furthermore, though workers from non-European Union countries could bring their spouses with them into Ireland, the spouses were formerly barred from take up employment. Filipinos, in conjunction with a variety of NGOs, began efforts to have this policy changed as early as 2002; the government finally altered the policy in February 2004,largely with the intent of retaining Filipino nurses, whom it was feared would otherwise migrate to other countries which granted spouses permission to work, such as the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, or Australia.<ref name="IT"/><ref name="Yeates"/> However, that same year, an amendment to the constitution limited the scope of jus soli, thus excluding the children of migrant workers from automatic citizenship; the League of Filipino Nurses took its first public political position in response to the amendment, calling it "discriminatory and racist" in an 8 June statement.<ref name="Yeates"/>

In addition to nurses, roughly 2000 Filipinos worked as caregivers in elderly care homes as of 2006; the Irish govenrment offers training programmes enabling them to become nurses.<ref><cite id="CITEREFError: Invalid time.">"Ireland pushes new policies to benefit Filipino caregivers", Philippine Headline News, 7 May, 2006. Retrieved on 2008-10-12</cite></ref>

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