Why the Republic needs to be more transparent about its migration policy
Ireland is set to become the first country in Europe to introduce a national migration register.
The move follows the recent arrest of a Polish man, who was found with thousands of migrants in the Republic.
Dublin City Council, which is leading the process, said the move was necessary to increase the transparency of the Irish migration system.
It will make it easier for people to get the right information about their immigration status and will help prevent any illegal migration, the council said.
Irish migrants to the Republic, who make up about 10% of the total population, are required to register their details with the Irish Border Force and will be required to pay a fee of €5 to do so.
The register will also contain information on the immigration status of people who enter the country.
Migration Minister James Reilly said the new register was a key element of the Government’s strategy to improve Ireland’s migration management and security.
“Ireland has been a haven for many people from across the world seeking to make a better life in the European Union and we need to ensure our borders are secure to ensure we are not putting our people in harm’s way,” he said.
“This new register will ensure our border is kept safe for all.”
The move comes as the Irish Government faces growing pressure to step up its response to the growing number of people trying to reach Europe by boat.
Last month, Ireland saw 2,500 people attempt to reach European shores by sea in just the first six months of the year.
The government has also said it plans to increase border guards to ensure the country’s border with Ireland remains secure.
In October, Irish authorities said the country was on track to have a record number of arrivals by sea.
The Irish Government’s new migration plan is due to be published in March.