A small number of new Irish migrants could be ruining the excellent reputation of Irish workers in Australia. A job ad on Gumtree looking for a bricklayer in Perth bore this out with a phrase that harked back to 1950’s UK, “No Irish need apply”.
The builder who placed the ad said, “I’ve had lots of Irish people say they have experience bricklaying but come over and have no clue how to lay bricks.”
The problem is particularly acute in Western Australia, where some young Irish people are not turning up to work when required, arriving drunk, or lying about their qualifications.
Some rental agencies are unwilling to rent out accommodation to young Irish tourists, as they often leave the place destroyed.
In January, two Irish people were convicted of unlicensed building work and were subsequently deported. In February, in New South Wales, another seven Irish people were charged with similar offences.
The majority of these incidents involve people on tourists visas or working holiday visas,and are not the skilled visa workers who have had their skills assessed prior to receiving a skilled visa and in our experience are eager to assimilate into Australian society.
There is an estimated 300,000 Irish living in Australia, with a record of almost 22,000 Irish nationals being granted Australian working holiday visa in the first half of 2012. It is a pity that a few trouble makers are giving the Irish in general a bad name.