Number of non-EEA nationals coming to Ireland to study up 45% in five-year period

The number of non-European Economic Area (non-EEA) nationals coming to Ireland to study almost doubled in a recent five-year period.

That is according to research from the European Migration Network.

It shows that the number of people coming to this country to study increased by 45% between 2013 and 2017.

China is the top country of origin of full-time, non-EEA students in State-funded higher education institutions.

The report found that the majority of students are enrolled in health and welfare courses, representing 31% of all full-time non-EEA enrolments.

However, some of the non-EEA students have had problems with immigration registration delays.

Some students have reported difficulties scheduling appointments to register or renew their residence permits at the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

Students have said the delays can cause stress and anxiety in relation to their legal status, which negatively impacts their academic experience in Ireland.

Sarah Groarke, a policy officer with the network, says Ireland fares well compared to other European countries.

"The report shows that Ireland ranked seventh out of all EU member states in terms of the total number of students arriving each year.

"And looking particularly at where these students come from and what programme they're interested in, more specifically, China is the top country of origin of full-time students over the last few years and this is followed by Malaysia and the United States."

More on this topic

UCC and DCU defend late filing of annual accounts

'Under-investment' blamed as Irish colleges slip in global ratings

Youthreach helps divert people from substance abuse and crime, report shows

'I got a second chance at life': Breast cancer survivor who left school at 17 graduates from Trinity

More in this Section

70% of people in UK believe gay couples should be able to marry in NI

Major flaw in laws prohibiting resale of NAMA properties to developers revealed

Technical group established to look at Brexit backstop alternatives

GRA: Armed units not a long term solution in Longford


Lifestyle

Life in a vacuum: Your guide to choosing vacuum cleaners

Bright ideas: How to wear the summer tailoring trend

Tracing the roots of folk and fairy lore behind everyday plants

More From The Irish Examiner