Sunday 4 December 2016

Colette Browne: It should trouble us that so many still wish to emigrate

Published 11/11/2013 | 02:00

A woman about to emigrate waits for her flight to be called to depart. 'A drop in earnings and a lack in promotional opportunities is driving more young people to leave.'
A woman about to emigrate waits for her flight to be called to depart. 'A drop in earnings and a lack in promotional opportunities is driving more young people to leave.'

In his resignation speech in April 2008, former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said he was “proud to have brought an end to the days of forced emigration.

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One wonders if Ahern would revise that claim today, given that the numbers emigrating have increased by nearly 400pc since he delivered his self-serving swansong.

While emigration levels have not yet reached the epidemic levels of the 1980s, today's Behaviour and Attitudes (B&A) opinion poll reveals that there is no imminent chance of a staunch in the flow of Irish people fleeing these shores.

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