International Student Group Calls for 30-Hour Work Week in Ireland

An international student organization in Dublin is pushing for an increase in working hours to 30 per week for non-EU students in Ireland. Currently capped at 20 hours during term time and 40 in the summer, students argue this isn’t enough to cover living expenses. Many are forced into illegal work, facing exploitation and low wages. Fiachra O’Louane of the English Language Learning Association supports the move, suggesting it could alleviate financial strain. The Irish Council for Overseas Students echoes the call for government intervention and a regulatory body. Other organizations, including Marketing English in Ireland, also back the demand, citing the importance of international students to Ireland’s economy.

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