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Emigration continues to be the safety valve for unemployment – Tóibín

4 April, 2012

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Peadar Tóibín has said that it is clear that emigration continues unabated in Ireland with thousands of people voting with their feet and leaving in search of work.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“Last year 76,000 people left the state. This equates to 210 persons a day or nearly nine people an hour for every hour of this government, upping sticks and leaving.

“In today’s Live Register figures we see that the most vulnerable sectors, those under 25 years of age and those termed ‘Craft and Related Workers’ show the greatest fall in numbers. In the year till the end of March 2012 the number of persons aged under 25 or under signing on fell by 8,403 (-10.3%) and the number of ‘Craft and related’ sector, the largest occupational group signing on, fell over the year by 9,481 (-8.3%) to 104,946.

“Given that on average 4,428 male and 3,018 female new registrants joined the Live Register each week of the month of March it is clear that a significant portion of those under 25 years of age and those from the Craft and Related sectors saw no future for themselves in this country and left seeking work abroad.

“This is a terrible indictment of this government’s policy of austerity. For four years the same policy has produced the same results with shocking social consequences. Reminiscent of the 50s and the 80s whole swathes of our country are being deleted of their young people. The government must change economic direction and prioritise people over private debt.

“The rise of 10.7% in the number of long term unemployed shows that the government’s strategy is failing and the jobs bridge programme is completely inadequate to deal with the scale of the unemployment problem.”


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