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Irish emigrants in Australia feel Irish Government not encouraging them home

Many emigrants feel they have to wait longer than they want before a return is realistic.
May 29th 2015, 9:15 AM 11,097 66

MOST IRISH EMIGRANTS in Australia believe the Irish Government is not doing enough to encourage them to come home.

That’s according to research carried out by the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce (IACC).

It found that 58% of emigrants plan to return to Ireland, and 76% plan to do so in the next five years. While one in five want to return home in the next year.

However, the survey also found that 98% of Irish emigrants believe the Government isn’t doing enough to help them return.

IACC Treasurer Tom Mullarkey said, “I was struck by the desire of many migrants to return home but the message about the support available was being missed.

It was interesting to see how the majority of respondents felt that they would have to wait longer than they wanted before a return was realistic.

The association has created a “Returning Migrants Program” to provide support to prepare returning migrants for the move.

Mullarkey added, “It is our hope that by taking the practical step of designing and delivering the Returning Migrants Program that we may make a positive contribution to bringing their aspirations closer to reality more quickly.”

The findings were based on a sample of 100 respondents who participated in an online survey as well as written submissions.

Read: The Government has a big secret plan to lure Irish emigrants home>

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Cliodhna Russell

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