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3,000 International Researchers come to Ireland since 2007 EU law change

Half of International Researchers in Ireland based in Dublin

MEP for Dublin, Brian Hayes, today (Tuesday) revealed new figures showing that nearly 3,000 researchers from outside the EU have come to Ireland since 2007. Half have based themselves in Dublin. Europe’s Research Directive introduced in 2007 regulates the procedure for admitting ‘third-country nationals’ for the purposes of scientific research.

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“The figures speak for themselves. Ireland is evolving from a ‘knowledge economy’ to an ‘ideas economy’. Since the European Research Directive was passed into Irish law in 2007, 2,920 researchers have come to Ireland from 95 different countries and 1,439 have based themselves in companies or institutions in Dublin. Today there are 330 researchers in Dublin and 664 in total across Ireland. Dublin’s future is inventing the next microchip, not simply producing them.”

Total Number of researchers on hosting agreements from Nov 2007 to May 2016 Number of researchers on hosting agreements as of May 2016
Dublin 1459 330
Outside Dublin 1461 334
TOTAL 2920 664
Source: Irish Universities Association’s (IUA) EURAXESS office  

 “One of the purposes of the European Research Directive is to facilitate the admission of researchers from outside the EU to Member States. The mobility of researchers is a key element of Ireland’s science and innovation strategy. Our capacity to attract high quality researchers increases our ability to compete for cutting edge business to deliver well paid and stimulating jobs in the capital.”

“While the majority of the researchers are coming to large institutions in Dublin like DCU, DIT, RCSI, TCD, UCD and IBM nearly 40% of Dublin hosts are taking 1 researcher. This clearly demonstrates an innovative and diverse research culture in Dublin.”

“We have to be honest, we cannot compete internationally on wages or for heavy industry. A cutting edge, innovative research culture is the reason we have leading tech companies employing people in Dublin like PayPal, Google and Facebook. To compete in the international jobs market and to attract the type of jobs our young people want, we must continue to attract the best and the brightest researchers from around the world.


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