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False stories claim Ireland prepping for Muslim immigration

AP  |  Dublin 

An plan to address growth isn't an outline for "nation-destruction" that will bring in 1 million immigrants from Muslim countries, as claimed by several false stories circulating online.

The plan to address growth doesn't specify countries where immigrants would come from, nor their religions.

Several websites tie all projected increases in the 2040 plan to immigrants, "likely Muslims", from Afghanistan, Africa, the and and claim the prime minister, Leo Varadkar, is an "ethnic Indian." The is the son of a Hindu doctor from and an Irish

The sites said Varadkar was talking about the migration of more than a million people when he said, "It's our big vision for how we want to reshape " The plan describes projected growth of around 1.1 million over 22 years. The leading nationalities of people moving to in the year before the country's most recent census in 2016 were returning Irish citizens, followed by people from the and those from

The quote attributed to Varadkar is accurate, but he did not say it in speaking of Varadkar tweeted that remark February 16 about the plan as a whole, just before the government released it.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 01:20 IST