Archive for the ‘Citizenship, migration, race, and ethnicity’ Category

Oireachtas delegation to lobby US Congress on migration reform

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

Michael D. is taking part in an Oireachtas delegation to D.C. that will push for support for the Kennedy-McCain legislation on undocumented immigrants. That legislation is facing pressure from other regressive proposals, and it's going to come to a head soon, with the conference report (on reconciling proposals from the ...

20% of Irish live abroad

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Interesting statistics from Foinse, reporting that 20% of people born in Ireland currently live abroad - that's a total of between 750 and 800 thousand people. Figures Foinse got from the Department of Foreign Affairs, and which seem to be based largely on foreign census results, indicate that most, just ...

More on regularizing undocumented Irish emigrants

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Mark Dowling picked up on my coverage of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (in the United States) and linked the issue to current debates on immigration in Ireland. I had failed to do so, though I had originally intended to make the connection. As with so much else I'm somewhat ...

Immigration reform and the Irish

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Amidst the various debates on immigration in the United States, the issue of undocumented Irish immigrants adds an interesting angle. Much contemporary debate focuses on immigration from Latin America, and from the reactionary end is focused on issues such as cultural purity, language use, etc. It's also seen as a ...

No Irish visa for Internet bride

Monday, February 6th, 2006

This story from tomorrow's Irish Times points to a whole pile of interesting ethical issues:A divorced Irish man who married a woman from Ghana whom he met over the internet has brought a High Court challenge to the refusal of the Minister for Justice to permit his new wife entry ...

On data, identity and security

Friday, July 15th, 2005

I've posted a number of pieces in recent months about the proposals for data retention in the EU, focusing on the fact that the Irish government was one of those proposing that retention be for up to three years, and also on the duplicitous nature of the government's representation of ...

Ní bheidh RnaG ag podcraoladh

Monday, July 4th, 2005

Scríobh mé chuig RTE ag moladh go dtosnódh RnaG ag podcraoladh. Fuair mé r-phost inniú freagra inniu ag míniú nach mbeidh RTÉ nó RnaG ag podcraoladh mar:With regards to the podcast and mp3 issues we can't do it for legal reasons due with the copyrights of music on the shows ...

Grass writes on German identity, politics and society

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

Today's NYT has a fascinating article by Günter Grass about German national identity in the aftermath of the Second World War and the Nazi era and on to the post-unification present. It really is powerful stuff.

Media and national identity

Friday, May 6th, 2005

An interesting piece by Jay Rosen highlights the manner in which the press and broadcasting tend to have a national identity as opposed to, for example, literature where national boundaries aren't of overarching importance.

RTÉ television for Irish emigrants in UK?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Labour Party TD Emmet Stagg has been pushing support for Irish emigrants for some time now - particularly those who went to the UK in the 1950s and are now nearing retirement, as this group is particularly vulnerable. Indeed Irish emigrants have the highest rate of homelessness of any group ...