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Figures show more and more young people forced to emigrate – Reilly

14 June, 2011

Speaking today after the release of figures by the Department for Work and Pensions in Britain which showed that Irish people moving to live in Britain increased by 25% to 13,920 last year, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Youth Affairs Kathryn Reilly said that these figures show that more and more young people are being forced to emigrate to find work.

Senator Reilly said:

“As we hurtle towards the 100th day of this Government, the endemic problem of unemployment and emigration still remain.
“The overwhelming majority of Irish people emigrating to Britain are between the ages of 18 and 34.Young, educated, skilled people are leaving this State in their droves. These are the very people we need to drive our economic recovery.

“We have heard that our greatest export market is Britain, and today’s figures show in no uncertain terms that our greatest export is our young people. Behind these bald statistics are families and friends separated, and communities losing a generation of young people, due to an economic crisis created in bankers’ board rooms.

“Sinn Féin has set out proposals for an economic stimulus package to deliver growth, create jobs and retain essential expertise, skills and experience across Ireland.

“The government jobs initiative falls short of what is required to create jobs for our young people. Once again the Government are falling back on the safety valve of emigration to pay for their economic short comings.

“This is a price that families, communities and our country cannot afford to pay.”

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