Maybe taxpayers are not funding those lifestyles? Are there any figures on that?
I’m surprised that this question was discounted because the statistics demonstrate exactly what was argued.
In terms of employment, 16% of African nationals are unemployed compared with 7% of Irish nationals and 8% of Eastern European and Asian nationals [p.25].
In terms of employment by nationality, Nigerian unemployment is at 43% and Congolese unemployment is at 60%.
In terms of welfare, 13.2% of African nationals are claiming welfare (jobseekers) compared with 6.3% of Irish nationals, 7.84% of EU nationals and 2.4% rest of world (RoW) [p.7].
Additionally, African nationals tend to remain on welfare. 58% of African ‘jobseekers’ are still ‘jobseekers’ after 12 months, the highest percentage of any nationality grouping.
Of course these figures fail to account for dual African-Irish nationals however it is a fairly safe assumption that there is a degree of consistency.
As far as partying is concerned I’m unconvinced that it is related to a lavish lifestyle but regardless, it is funded by the taxpayer in so far as 13% of all African nationals in Ireland are funded by the taxpayer.