Australian visa applications down by 29pc
THE number of Irish people applying for working holiday visas in Australia has dropped substantially for the first time in five years.
Figures supplied to the Irish Independent by the Australian embassy have revealed that the number of visa applications has dropped by almost 29pc since 2008.
There were 10,901 Irish applications for first-time working holiday visas to Australia when the economic collapse hit in 2008, compared with 6,504 last year.
"This follows exponential growth in the Irish caseload over a number of years following the global financial crisis," the embassy said.
According to Australian officials, one reason for the drop was Ireland's improving economic condition.
However, the figures also showed that the Irish who are already in Australia on working holiday visas are not keen to leave.
The take-up of second working holiday visas was 3,735 last year, an increase of almost 34pc when compared with 2011.