Consultation on Proposed Guiding Principles to frame the State’s Economic Migration Policy

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation invites submissions to a public consultation on proposed Guiding Principles to frame the State’s economic migration policy.

The focus of the employment permits regime in recent years has been to ensure that the skills requirements of enterprise in the State can be met through economic migration where necessary. However, as the State approaches full employment, labour as well as skills needs are beginning to manifest.

In this context, it is timely to undertake a review of the economic migration policies underpinning the current employment permits system, to ensure they are fully supportive of Ireland’s emerging labour market needs, be they skills or labour shortages in certain sectors.

The purpose of this consultation is to seek your views on the nature and extent of skills and labour shortages and how they might be addressed.

The closing date for submissions is 5pm, Wednesday, 18 April 2018.

Respondents are requested to make their submissions by email to

For your convenience, see attached the Law Reform Commission consolidation of the Employment Permits Act 2006, as amended by the 2014 Act; plus the Employment Permits Regulations 2017 and 2018.


Published by Workplace Regulation and Economic Migration

Topics: Employment Permits