Emigration from Ireland

Here are some links on the subject of Irish citizens seeking to emigrate due to the country’s economic problems.  The take away from these reports is that emigration won’t happen as rapidly as press reports generally imply.  Potential receiving countries have strict rules relative to who they will admit as legal immigrants.

The next great wave of Irish emigration

Emigration soars as Irish look for way out

“The destination of emigrants is also changing as the traditional destinations of the U.S. and U.K. are also not doing well.

Instead there appears to have been an increase in the number of people heading to Canada, Australia and Asia, which brings further problems over providing support for emigrants, Bowden said.

“It’s one thing to be in trouble in New York, where you have two or three Irish centers to help you out. It’s another to fall between the cracks in South America or Asia,” she said.”

Going nowhere: following the emigration trail

“One of her tasks, she finds, is to educate young people on stringent Australian immigration requirements. General bad behaviour (including bribery of farmers to meet visa requirements), exacerbated by a deep sense of entitlement, has ensured that the Irish working-holiday fraternity is getting a jaundiced welcome from potential Australian employers. Nonetheless, in a survey conducted by O’Hagan’s company with 250 backpackers late last year, she found that nearly half had got jobs within two weeks.

As for permanent residency visas, Australia is no pushover, seeking only highly skilled people – not crane drivers with certificates – who are able to prove that they can immediately start making a long-term contribution.

CANADA WILL ACCEPT crane drivers, but Christopher Willis, a Canadian immigration consultant who now works with O’Hagan, notes that the Irish seem to want to move “in a matter of weeks, as opposed to months or years, which may explain why many are thinking about it as opposed to doing it. It also costs money to emigrate, and people don’t have the same disposable income as they did several years ago”.”

Irish Emigration

According to the Irish Central Statistics Office the net influx of Irish Nationals coming back to Ireland between 2006 and 2009 was just over 13,000…

Immigration and Emigration : Irish Nationals : 2006 – 2009
  2006 2007 2008 2009 TOTAL
Immigration 18,900 20,000 16,200 18,400 73,500
Emigration 15,300 13,100 13,400 18,400 60,200

Looking to the future, the ESRI (Economic and Social Research Institute) predicts that 120,000 Irish Nationals will leave during 2010 and 2011, and possibly upwards of 200,000 by 2015.
Green Card lottery begins
“Tue, Oct 05, 2010

THE US will open its annual “green card” lottery today giving people around the world the chance to apply for one of the 50,000 working visas on offer.

Thousands of applications are expected to be made by Irish citizens due to the tough economic climate, according to NGOs…

The annual lottery attracts more than 12 million applicants from around the world. Some 201 Irish applicants were chosen last year from the Diversity Visa Lottery, and 167 in 2008.

The lottery gives winning entrants an opportunity to apply for a permanent visa to live and work in the US.”

The USA is clearly not going to be a significant factor in Irish emigration.


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