Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski was referring to an unidentified United Kingdom based research. Speaking at the conferring ceremony at DCU he said that the Irish in Ireland will be a minority by 2050 while the Chinese may form the largest ethnic group.
Von Prondzynski is known as a lawyer, a legal academic and a high profile commentator on academic affairs and public policy. A German-born Irish citizen, he was a lecturer and Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin and both a Professor and a Dean at the University of Hull, before serving as the high profile second President of DCU. He is now based in Scotland.
Speaking with the Irish Times he said, “Whether this turns out to be an accurate prediction or not, we have to prepare for a very different kind of society.
“It needs to be a planned process to ensure our skills needs are being met…a very substantial increase in population will be needed over a long period of time.
“And I don’t think people have quite realized this yet.”
In Von Prondzynski’s speech he also argued that if Ireland attempts to stop migrants coming to the country it will seriously damage the economy and will see Ireland return to the economic periphery of Europe.
A major population expansion is needed for the next wave of economic growth, and he said universities in particular must prepare the country for the multicultural nature of what Ireland’s future society will be like. He said inter-cultural studies and research should be prioritized and…