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International Migrants Day is marked on the 18th of December each year, which recognises and celebrates the contribution that migrants make around the world. Research has shown that diverse societies, including workforces, enrich opportunities for development and innovation, and support social cohesion in inclusive societies. This year’s theme is ‘Reimagining Human Mobility’ which acknowledges the positive societal impact that migrants have made, particularly over this past year in the fight against Covid-19, when their knowledge and skills have been evident in their work in areas including health, transportation and food services. We all have a collective responsibility to create a safer, inclusive and more resilient world.

The Migrant Integration Strategy (2017-2020) highlights a target of 1% employment of EEA migrants and people from ethnic minority communities in the civil service. This strategy sets out the Government’s commitment to the promotion of migrant integration and the realisation of a vision of Ireland as a society in which migrants play active roles in communities and workplaces.

As the Public Appointments Service, we appreciate the importance of delivering a public service that is reflective of the communities we serve. This year, in collaboration with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER), we have amended the citizenship eligibility criteria for general service recruitment. This expanded eligibility from EEA citizens to include those with international protection status, as well as non-EEA citizens who are spouses or children of EEA citizens, that hold a Stamp 4 visa (full criteria can be seen below). This is an important step towards enabling a more diverse civil service that is representative of the broader population and ensuring an inclusive and equal workforce.




Citizenship Eligibility Criteria

For many of our roles, the eligibility requirement includes people awarded protection under the International Protection Act 2015 or family members entitled to remain in Ireland due to family reunification.
General Service grades in the Civil Service, and other roles, are open to applicants that are, by the date of any job offer:

(a) A citizen of the European Economic Area. The EEA consists of the Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway; or

(b) A citizen of Switzerland pursuant to the agreement between the EU and Switzerland on the free movement of persons; or

(c) A non-EEA citizen who is a spouse or child of an EEA or Swiss citizen and has a stamp 4 visa; or

(d) A person awarded international protection under the International Protection Act 2015 or any family member entitled to remain in the State as a result of family reunification and has a stamp 4 visa or

(e) A non-EEA citizen who is a parent of a dependent child who is a citizen of, and resident in, an EEA member state or Switzerland and has a stamp 4 visa

Additional Links & Resources:

For more information in relation to seeking protection or supports available to migrants, please review the below links: