Ireland Issues Work Permits to Non-EEA Nationals in Record Numbers

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Ireland issues record number of work permits to Non-EEA nationals

Ireland has almost doubled its number of successful foreign work permit applications compared to figures from last year, reaching a record high dating back as far as 13 years.

27,653 foreign work permit applications have been accepted this year (between January and August), compared to a total of 16,419 last year, according to data published by Ireland’s Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment.

Indians remained the best beneficiary, with a total of 10,171 work permits issued, seconded by Brazilians (3,332), Filipinos (1,387), and Pakistanis (1,277).

Besnik Bajrami, founder of, said of the news: “Data shows that there has been a consistent number of permits issued each month this year, which aside from the two first months of the year when there were approved 2,278 and 2,539 permits, the number has revolved around 3,500.

“If the trend continues, it is projected that around 39,000 employment permits will be issued to non-EU/EEA nationals.”

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