Irish Immigration Research Papers
These, too, are complicated – put very simply, the demographers used a 2008 survey which did ask some basic questions about immigration status, and mapped the results onto the much bigger American Community Survey.
The Migration Policy Institute doesn’t actually produce an estimate for Irish immigrants specifically, after all that.
But for the past decade or so, 50,000 has been the number used by politicians of all parties.These numbers aren’t all that precise: they’re rounded to the nearest 5,000, with a margin of error of about the same amount.We aren’t able to replicate these calculations, partly because they include adjustments to try to account for people not captured by the American Community Survey.But now we’re being told that’s way off, and the actual number of people in this position could be as low as 10,000. The claim There are far fewer unauthorised Irish immigrants to the United States than previously thought: between 10,000 and 15,000, rather than 50,000.What was said John Deasy TD, the government envoy to the US Congress working on the issue of the undocumented Irish, said early this month that the number of people covered by his remit was “closer to 10,000”.The problem is that we haven’t been able to find any hard evidence to back it up.It may simply have been carried over from the 1980s and 1990s, when 50,000 a credible estimate.“In the late 1980s, up to 50,000 Irish are estimated to have been in the US as illegals,” according to a 2013 report by academics at University College Cork, which notes that campaigners put the number even higher.48,000 people received Morrison visas in the early 1990s.It has estimates for the top 50 origin countries only.Number 50 – South Africa – has produced an estimated 16,000 unauthorised immigrants in the US.