Ireland Tops EU in Illegal Migrants per Capita Amid Enforcement Concerns

Ireland had the highest proportion of non-EU citizens found to be illegally present in an EU country in 2023, with 1,485 individuals per 1,000 Irish inhabitants. The total number of illegal migrants discovered in the EU jumped 13% from the previous year to 1.3 million.

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Ireland Tops EU in Illegal Migrants per Capita Amid Enforcement Concerns

Ireland Tops EU in Illegal Migrants per Capita Amid Enforcement Concerns

Ireland had the highest proportion of non-EU citizens found to be illegally present in an EU country in 2023, with 1,485 individuals representing 28.9 per 1,000 Irish inhabitants. The total number of illegal migrants discovered in the EU jumped 13% from the previous year to 1.3 million.

Why this matters: The high rate of illegal migrants in Ireland has significant implications for the country's social and economic stability, and raises concerns about the effectiveness of theEU's immigration policies. As the UK's exit from the EU continues to reshape the region's migration patterns, Ireland's experience serves as a bellwether for potential challenges and opportunities facing other EU member states.

Out of the 1.2 million illegal migrants not deported from the EU, the exact number headed for the United Kingdom is unknown. The statistics, cited in a series of reports on EU enlargement and immigration, highlight the significance of Ireland's high proportion of illegal non-EU citizens amidst the UK's exit from the EU, known as Brexit.

The European Union, a regional organization encompassing 27 member states including Ireland, has faced challenges in managing migration and enforcing immigration legislation across its borders. The United Kingdom's decision to leave the EU has raised concerns about potential changes in illegal migration patterns and the impact on neighboring countries like Ireland.

Ireland's government now faces scrutiny over its enforcement of immigration laws and ability to control the influx of illegal migrants. As the country with the highest per capita rate of undocumented non-EU citizens, Ireland must grapple with the social, economic, and political implications of this situation.

The stark figures from 2023 underscore the pressing need for Ireland and the EU as a whole to address the challenges posed by illegal migration. With 1,485 illegal non-EU citizens per 1,000 Irish inhabitants, Ireland's proportion of undocumented migrants stands out among its European counterparts, raising questions about the effectiveness of its immigration enforcement measures and the potential consequences for the nation.

Key Takeaways

  • Ireland has the highest proportion of non-EU citizens found to be illegally present in the EU.
  • 1,485 illegal non-EU citizens were found in Ireland, representing 28.9 per 1,000 Irish inhabitants.
  • The total number of illegal migrants in the EU jumped 13% to 1.3 million in 2023.
  • Ireland's high rate of illegal migrants raises concerns about the effectiveness of EU immigration policies.
  • The UK's exit from the EU may impact migration patterns and Ireland's experience serves as a bellwether.