Housing Huge scale of immigration is making our housing crisis worse

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An article from David Quinn in the Independent titled:

Huge scale of immigration is making our housing crisis worse

Huge scale of immigration is making our housing crisis worse - Independent.ie

It seems to me that discussing the negative consequences of mass immigration in the MSM is hopefully becoming less taboo. Quinn points out that the lack of debate in Ireland is incredibly unhealthy:

"This is incredibly unhealthy. If immigration is putting pressure on our housing stock, on rental property and prices, on school places and hospital places, then we ought to know about it because it is adversely affecting Irish-born people.

A political system that won't even contemplate this possibility, that won't ask the questions, that doesn't even know what questions to ask, is quite literally delinquent in its duties."

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Quinn has obtained some interesting statistics to fill his article. I will post them here:

  • In 2015, 17% of people living in Ireland were "foreign-born".
  • In Britain, the equivalent percentage is 13%.
  • Aside from tiny Cyprus and Luxembourg, no country in the EU has a higher percentage of migrants from other EU countries (10%).
  • 35% of rent supplement is paid out to non-Irish EU nationals and non-EU nationals as of February, 2015.
  • This means immigrants are over-represented in the figures by two to one.
  • The Percentage of Fingal County social housing stock occupied by non-EU nationals is 12.75%
    Percentage of Fingal County social housing stock occupied by non-Irish EU nationals: 2.25%
  • The Percentage of people on the social housing list in Fingal who are Irish citizens (some might be naturalised immigrants) is 61%
  • The Percentage of people on the social housing list in Fingal who are citizens of other countries is 39%, with 16% from outside the EU.
  • The percentage of non-Irish people who are in the private rental sector, as distinct from being homeowners is 70%.
  • Between 2012 and 2014, "the proportion of residents born in other EU member states decreased by one percentage point from 11% to 10%".
  • Over the same period the proportion of residents from non-EU member states has almost doubled from 4% of the population to 7%.
  • The employment rate for Africans in Ireland is 40%

Quinn finishes his article by asking, even we cannot control the level of immigration from EU countries, why at the very least are we not controlling immigration from non-EU countries.

We had no debate about this. Short of leaving the EU, or the EU radically changing its rules (very unlikely), there is nothing we can do about immigration from other EU countries, but we can do more to control immigration from non-EU countries. Why aren't we doing that?

Saying it is 'racist' to even ask such a question is patently absurd. If the entire population of Cork was to move to Dublin tomorrow it would be absolutely valid to worry about the pressure this would put on housing, schools, hospitals, jobs and so on in Dublin.

It would be totally irresponsible not to allow these concerns to be aired.

It is a question I have asked many times. Indeed there are entire forums on the internet dedicated to informing non-Europeans of the systems they can use (and abuse) to emigrate to Ireland and other EU countries.

One would therefore have to assume that our leaders desire these levels immigration despite the negative consequences on ordinary Irish citizens (landlords, slumlords and those looking for cheap labour excluded).

Former Attorney General of Ireland Peter Sutherland once said that EU member states must do their best to undermine the homogeneity in their nations without explaining why. It seems the Irish government is taking his advice. But why?

One more stat:

Not mentioned in the article but previously we have learned that moew than half of the applicants for council homes in north Dublin are from abroad, new figures show.

Over half on housing list are foreign - Herald.ie