Taken from the tribune blog
#27 Nigerian Expat commented, on August 23, 2008 at 1:02 p.m.:
The Social Welfare system is being abused at the expense of Ireland’s economy.
People can argue on unfounded grounds so let's look at some facts:
A. First of all let's look at the original reasons for Nigerians coming to Ireland, when it was possible to scam the system with Irish born children; in an article incidentally written by a Nigerian:http://www.africamigration.com/archiv
B. Then let's then look at the Census 2006 Nigerian Fundamentals a la www.cso.ie
1. 16,300 Nigerians were living in Ireland in April 2006 – I reckon it's double.
2. Economic status: The percentage of Nigerians aged 15 or over at work in 2006 was the lowest of all immigrant groups featured at 38 per cent. One in five was working as a professional.
Among the top occupations were care assistants and attendants (11 per cent), and doctors (6 per cent).
3. Some Census 2006 quick facts:
The male/female breakdown of the 16,300 Nigerians in April 2006 was 55:45.
The average age was 26.6 years.
13 per cent of Nigerians were in the 5 to 9 year old age group.
42 per cent were single and 52 per cent were married.
C. lastly, let's look at the CIA factbook:https://www.cia.gov/library/publicati
D: Please review: http://www.independent.ie/opinion/col
Ever wondered why there are so many Nigerian single parents with large families whilst the spouse is back in Naija? I have met males in Dublin who work in multiglobals earning large salaries and corporate benefits back in Naija, and are out visiting their spouses and kids in Ireland, who are on benefits and claiming single status. Copulation on this holiday results in additional benefits for child benefit some months later.
There are also males in Ireland masquerading as lone parents, with wives in Nigeria - the emphasis is on the plural.
It's certainly not cheap to fly from Africa and end up in Dublin. These are not impoverished Nigerians coming to Ireland.
It's all about 'making business' eh?
Access to Western Union transfers back to Naija and the freight industry would reveal interesting cold facts.
Wondered why you are getting 419 scam emails of recent?
The majority of Nigerians are clearly here to take distinct advantage of child benefit, rental allowance, school benefit and lone parent allowance. The statistics speak for themselves.
It is time this issue was investigated as stated in an earlier posting, as it is the ongoing maintenance of handouts that is crippling this country at the expense of the Irish and EU citizens resident in Ireland. Charity begins at home [to qualified people!]