This report was prepared on behalf of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) of Ireland. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) was invited by NESC to examine the social and economic effects of recent immigration to Ireland and to suggest ways in which Ireland could manage migration more effectively to enhance the benefits of migration while minimizing its costs. The bulk of the study was undertaken between 1 January and 30 June 2005. In preparing this study, IOM assembled a team of international experts and organized two policy workshops in Dublin in April 2005 to discuss the economic and social implications of migration to Ireland. The Irish government is in the process of elaborating a more comprehensive and managed approach to migration. This report is intended as a contribution to the current policy debate.
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