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Three quarters of Irish emigrants homesick – study

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Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan

Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan

Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan

ALMOST three out of every four Irish emigrants experience homesickness regularly while two-thirds have admitted that moving to another country had been emotionally harder than they had expected.

The findings are part of new research involving some 500 recent emigrants by Crosscare.

The young men and women who took part were asked for a range of feedback on how prepared they were before they left, how their expectations changed when they arrived, and how they coped with the emotional upheaval of leaving.

Nearly three-quarters (71pc) said they regularly experienced homesickness and 64pc stated that the experience was "harder than they expected".

Of the participants, 78pc were aged between 24 and 35 while half surveyed answered they were living in Australia.

A new website has now been launched to support emigrants and provide advice to those considering leaving Ireland in search of work and other opportunities.

The site includes testimony from those who took part in the research including advice for before departure, arriving in a new country and dealing with challenging experiences.

One emigrant advised: "Tell those who you love that you love them. Take time to say goodbye to everyone you care about, try your best to leave on a good note with everyone."

Others advised people to set up Skype accounts to keep in touch with friends and family.

Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan said the website would be an "extremely useful portal" for Irish abroad.

Irish Independent