Migrant workers in Ireland are at high risk of exploitation, discrimination and are facing precarious working conditions and chronic underpayment, according to the latest research from the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI).
Some 48 per cent of migrants working in the restaurant sector, security, home care and domestic work survive on less than €300 a week, while 61 per cent are working extra hours without pay, according to the MRCI.
Research into the treatment of migrant workers also found 44 per cent received less than the national minimum wage which is currently set at €8.65 per hour.
The research into migrant working conditions in Ireland was carried out between November 2014 and March 2015 through analysis surveys, focus group discussions and analysis of 10 years of data from MRCI case files.
The top five nationalities represented in the survey are Pakistani, Filipino, Bangladeshi, Chinese and Indian.
Immigrants make up 12.47 per cent of Ireland’s population – a total of 578,000 people- and since 2011, over 90,000 migrants have become Irish citizens.