Monday 19 February 2018

The curse of emigration, or is it useful labour mobility?

Brendan Keenan

Brendan Keenan

ANOTHER set of stunning statistics, this time on employment, and again the question is asked: what makes Ireland so different? Problem is, the answer keeps getting longer.

It already includes the big exporting sector, previous experience of national bankruptcy, political consensus and the unusually good relationship between public and police. But the same statistics last week showed another peculiarity - migration.

The curse of emigration has morphed into something quite different. It is always a hot potato if anyone suggests emigration is voluntary, and that is certainly too simplistic. No soundbyte can do justice to the migration figures produced by the Central Statistics Office.

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