Despite school closures, Ireland sees boost in non-EU numbers
A recently published review of immigration in Ireland in 2014 stated that nearly 50,000 non-European Union students were given permission to study in Ireland for ELT and degree-level study between January and November 2014, representing an increase of 4,000 students year on year. The boost in numbers suggests that the country’s reputation hasn’t been tarnished despite a series of private English language school closures earlier last year. Minister Fitzgerald lauded a government-approved package of reforms to the international education sector and the student immigration system, which were introduced in direct response to the aforementioned closures and evidence of immigration abuse in the education sector.
Source: the Pie News