Immigration conundrum

Recent remarks on migration by minister Conor Lenihan seem hard to square. He predicts increased emigration by the Irish, yet he rules out capping the influx of immigrants. Why?

30th August, 2008

Recent remarks on migration by minister Conor Lenihan seem hard to square. He predicts increased emigration by the Irish, yet he rules out capping the influx of immigrants. Why?

Inevitably, increased Irish outflows, together with further foreign inflows, will expand even more the non-Irish proportion of the population, while cutting the Irish share.

How can such apparent anomalies be duly reconciled? Has there been any public consultation or discussion?

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