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Government needs to do more to help our emigrants who want to come home - Reilly

29 May, 2015

Sinn Féin Youth Affairs Spokesperson Senator Kathryn Reilly has today cited a report from the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce as further example that the Irish government is not doing enough for our emigrants who wish to return home.

Senator Reilly said:

“Only a few short weeks ago, Minister Michael Noonan stood in the Dáil and proclaimed that our young emigrants are coming back.”

“I called the government out on this at the time by highlighting the facts which showed a completely different story.”  

“The number of new graduates emigrating is higher than at any time in the previous six years, and last month over 7,000 young Irish citizens aged between 18 and 35 snapped up Canadian work visas in a matter of minutes.”

“This report from the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce highlighted that among those surveyed many had a desire to return home but felt that there are significant barriers stopping them from doing so. Of those surveyed, 98% felt that not enough was being done to encourage migrants to return by the government.”

“It is worth noting that emigrants have identified four key barriers to their return: poor infrastructure, precarious working conditions and low pay, lack of career opportunities and progression, and a lack of affordable housing.”

“Nothing has been done by this government to address these problems in any meaningful way.”

“There are some excellent recommendations made in the report, and if the government are genuinely serious about facilitating the return of our emigrants who wish to do so, they should take on board the suggestions made.”  

“However, if this is to be another report which falls on deaf ears, it will be further example that Fine Gael and Labour have no ambition to help our emigrants return home.” 

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