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    Posted: Aug/24/2011 at 9:59am

Government of Ireland builds help centre for new Irish immigrants


Steady Irish migration in the past years has led the government of Ireland to build a new immigrant services centre at the Ireland Fund of Canada’s downtown offices.

Irish temporary workers do not qualify for most of the federal settlement programs offered to permanent immigrants and the new centre will give them, for the first time, assistance with jobs, housing and visa issues.

The sudden boom in migration from the country was caused by the collapse of the country’s banks in 2008, which saw unemployment climb from five to 15 per cent. Since one in five jobs in Ireland are in construction, most migrant workers seek the same jobs when they reach Canadian shores.

“The arrivals come from all walks of life, but there’s a preponderance of construction workers,” says Executive Director of the Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce’s Toronto chapter Eamonn O’Loghlin.

According to him, Ottawa has more than doubled the number of International Experience visas it grants Irish applicants since 2008. Canada is expecting close to 5,000 migrants this year, 60 to 70 per cent of which, O’Loghlin estimates, will settle in Toronto.

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