Ireland urged to set up permanent immigration system

The man behind the US Greencard system is advising the Irish government to introduce the opportunity of permanent residence for immigrants.

Bruce Morrison, a former US Congressman, says immigrants should not be admitted on a temporary work permit basis, when they intend to settle in Ireland.

He was speaking at a forum hosted by the Immigrant Council of Ireland in response to the government`s draft legislation on immigration.

Mr Morrison says temporary permits are unrealistic.