While it is tragic many Irish people are being forced to emigrate against their will, it is important to acknowledge that many of us have spent years living abroad by choice.
I am in my mid-30s and have emigrated five times in the last 15 years (to Sydney, Wellington, San Francisco, Edinburgh and London). Before, during and after the Celtic Tiger boom.
Each time it has been the desire to experience living and working in a foreign country that has taken me abroad. Like many Irish people I work in a heavily globalised industry and seeing how things are done internationally has been an invaluable part of my employment experience.