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300,000 emigrate from Ireland in 4 years

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http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/0509/391211-emigration-report/

 

Survey shows 300,000 people have emigrated from Ireland in past four years

 

 

 

Over one quarter of Irish households have seen a close family member emigrate in the past two years, according to a survey commissioned by the National Youth Council of Ireland.

 

Half of those aged between 18 and 24 have considered emigrating.

 

Four out of ten adults aged between 25 and 34 have also considered leaving the country.

 

The survey is part of a new report on emigration and its impact on young people.

 

It suggests that emigration is not just a matter for the country's youth, as over one quarter of those aged between 35 and 54 have also considered moving abroad.

 

One in ten Irish people had seen a close family member emigrate and had considered doing the same thing themselves.

In the past four years, over 300,000 people have emigrated from Ireland; 40% were aged between 15 and 24.

The NYCI, an umbrella body which represents over 50 youth organisations around the country, is calling for the Government to develop and implement a strategy for Irish emigrants.

 

It also wants to see the appointment of a dedicated minister with responsibility for emigration policy and for the Irish abroad.

 

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Deputy Director of the National Youth Council of Ireland James Doorley said that many young Irish people emigrating to Australia, Canada and elsewhere faced issues when they arrived in a new country such as accessing health services or looking for work.

 

Mr Doorley said that the experience of emigration for many young Irish people was often positive but there was a need for a Government strategy to assist those who struggled after emigrating.

 

The survey also shows that most young Irish people intended to return home to Ireland after five years abroad.

 

Mr Doorley said that some young people travel to Canada with enough money in savings to support themselves financially for one month without realising that it can take six months to get a job.

 

He said in other destinations people struggle with loneliness and other issues.

 

He said the NYCI wanted the Government to engage with young Irish people abroad who may be having difficulties adapting to their new homes.

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Its another Holocaust of the youth of Ireland. As always, over the last 150 years, any prospect of breaking the dead hand of the Irish comprador class on Irish society has been liquidated by having the most energetic people forced into exile.

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Its another Holocaust of the youth of Ireland. As always, over the last 150 years, any prospect of breaking the dead hand of the Irish comprador class on Irish society has been liquidated by having the most energetic people forced into exile.

 

Its an excellent tactic by them isnt it? Im surprised more countries dont encourage their young people.to leave. Why bother dis-empowering the youth with propaganda and our brain dead culture when you can just tell them about opportunities abroad and talk down our own country.

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Its an excellent tactic by them isnt it? Im surprised more countries dont encourage their young people.to leave. Why bother dis-empowering the youth with propaganda and our brain dead culture when you can just tell them about opportunities abroad and talk down our own country.

 

Ireland has a particular history, where exile is considered fairly normal. This is primarily because we speak English, and our culture (if you can call it a culture) is a sub-form of Anglo-American culture. In effect, we regard London and Washington as our capital cities.

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To me this emigration wave comes across as more as a sort of 'fad'.

 

I know three people from my class alone who have booked their flights to California to work. Why? - "sure there are no jobs". Id be pretty sure that they never even bothered to look for a job, or to see whether one exists.

 

Its just "the thing to do". And its the "thing to do" because everyone is talking about doing it. And everyone is talking about doing it because the media and RTE have whipped up a frenzy about it.

 

Maybe im wrong. But slaving in Australia and blowing money on rent and a sky high cost of living and ending up with nothing to show for it is not necessarilly better than being unemployed at home, or volunteering to gain work experience. Look at the Irish living in destitution in England after the last emigration wave. Its not a bed of roses.

 

I wouldnt go as far as to say that whipping up this emigration frenzy was purposeful, or a conspiracy by the elite to release the "valve" of pent up anger amongst the population. But it has snowballed with the media attention given and has that effect as a release valve.

 

But maybe its not a fad. Maybe people have genuinely pressing reasons for emigrating. But from what im seeing its "the thing to do", a holiday or an adventure for a lot of these people.

 

Id almost say its un-patriotic. Theyll be flaunting their Irish-ness in far away lands thinking they are great instead of organising or becoming active at home to seek to improve their country. I dont consider myself patriotic but it does my head in.

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