Business Irish

Sunday 25 February 2018

Immigrants leaving Ireland to seek work elsewhere

Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

East European workers who moved here to take up jobs during the boom are increasingly looking to move to higher growth countries such as Australia.

Research by emigration services specialists suggests a 15pc rise in the number of foreign nationals looking to move from Ireland to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

"Two years ago, the number of foreign nationals at our events would probably have been almost zero, whereas this year we would estimate that around 30pc of those in attendance were from countries such as Poland, Lithuania and Romania," according to Edwina Shanahan of

It includes skilled people who have worked here over a number of years but are struggling because of high unemployment, she said.

Rather than stay, or return to their home countries, tens of thousands are looking to move to faster growing economies outside Europe – alongside tens of thousands of Irish nationals.

Fluency in English, thanks to time spent living and working here, can boost their chances in their new destination countries.

Figures cited by show that 38,100 non-Irish people have emigrated from here so far this year. That compares to 41,600 in the whole of 2012.

Irish Independent

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