Shared May 14, 2019
RTÉ opened their item on immigration in Ireland by claiming that while immigration is a hot topic across Europe, it does not appear to be a big issue here. Conversely, the latest Eurobarometer survey which RTÉ published in April indicated that immigration was the top issue Irish voters believed faced the EU followed by terrorism and thirdly climate change.
While immigration is a top concern, no politician who is running in the EU election for Dublin and who is focused on that concern will be allowed on any TV debates as Hermann Kelly and Gemma O'Doherty failed to meet guidelines issued by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to be allowed in TV debates.
RTÉ said currently 12% of our population is made up of foreign nationals. However, according to the 2016 census, 16.2% of the population is foreign born (excluding people born in Northern Ireland) although the ambassadors of the Baltic States estimate that the the number of their citizens here is 50,000 higher than the census figure of 60,000.
In 2012, the Polish ambassador to Ireland, estimated that the number of Poles in Ireland was 28,000 higher than the census figure of 122,585.
The Department of Sociology at Maynooth University released a study in 2006 estimating that the real number of Chinese people living in Ireland was somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000. The study's estimate was made using work permits, visa data and residency figures. Only 16,533 Chinese people filled in the 2006 census. 20,000 ethnic Chinese filled in the 2016 census. Half had Irish citizenship.
Longford residents were told in 2017 that 50% of their county's population would be non-Irish by 2050.
Simon Coveney said last year that 500,000 new migrants would be coming to Ireland by 2040.
RTÉ focused on fear-mongering over the rise of any opposition to replacement migration in Ireland describing people who voice such concerns as "far-right".
In noth-inner-city Dublin, they said only one third of areas had a majority Irish population. In most areas, Irish are a minority. One area on Dorset Street had only 7% Irish people.
RTÉ said 25% of those on Dublin city council's housing list are "foreign national" but this figure excludes those who were born abroad and subsequently given Irish passports. In 2011, 58% of people on the housing list in north Dublin were foreign national. That figure was reduced to 36% in 2017 but 110,000 citizenships were handed out in the interim.
One Pakistani doctor called Dr. Syed Ali who is living in Longford said he felt the county was now over-saturated.
Broadcast: Prime Time | RTÉ One | 14 May 2019
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