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Australia survey: 77pc of those who emigrated hope to return here in next five years

Published 16/12/2015 | 09:02

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: The Sydney Opera House is illuminated green on March 17, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. The Sydney Opera House joins Sky Tower in Auckland, and Table Mountain in South Africa in going green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: The Sydney Opera House is illuminated green on March 17, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. The Sydney Opera House joins Sky Tower in Auckland, and Table Mountain in South Africa in going green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

The results of a new survey show that 77pc of Irish people who emigrated to Australia hope to return within the next five years and 61pc believe they will be able to do so.

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The survey by the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce for recruitment firm CPL Resources found 58pc of Irish emigrants in Australia have aspirations to come back, with almost two thirds saying availability for employment was the biggest motivating factor for a return.

The survey found 53pc of respondents had recently researched moving home to Ireland permanently, while nearly two thirds felt Government assistance would be important in their return.

80pc of those surveyed were under the age of 44.  The majority of respondents were professionals while 40pc had reached middle management.

Those survey have been living in Australia for the last four to ten years.

CPL Resources has launched a 'concierge service' aiming to help those who want to return home. 'One Tribe' is an online resource that provides information on how to come home, find a job, find a place to live, and how to manage the finances of the move.

"We have developed One Tribe as a way to offer practical help through our global network, international client list and employment expertise and support them through the process,” CPL boss Anne Heraty said.

"Close to 80pc of those surveyed were middle management, senior management, owner, or C-suite level Executives.  All of these Irish have international experience and developed expertise which is extremely valuable in the growing Irish economy."

"It’s not easy to relocate from such a distance, and all those surveyed had concerns.  CPL’s 'One Tribe' will be the first step towards the diaspora navigating their way home," she added.

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