- 10 Aug 07
Would illegal Roma immigrants be treated differently if they were Nigerian or Somali? Are economic refugees suffering from a rose-tinted view of life in Ireland?
Reactions to the recent incursion into this jurisdiction by over 100 members of the Rostas Roma clan have been fascinating. For what seems like the first time we had members of various support groups and voluntary organisations emphasising that the law was the law. Further, they argued that it was better to deal with the causes of migration, that is, poverty in eastern and south-eastern European countries, rather than create the welfare conditions and responses that would draw people from there to here.