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Reilly welcomes NYCI emigration report

9 May, 2013

Sinn Féin Youth Affairs spokesperson Senator Kathryn Reilly has welcomed the publication of new research on emigration by the National Youth Council of Ireland. She said the report’s findings were disturbing but not surprising and that ‘more action on jobs was needed to give young people a real choice to stay in Ireland.

Senator Reilly said:

“I want to commend the National Youth Council of Ireland for conducting this important piece of research. In addition to providing important statistical information on emigration it also gives a voice to the many Irish people who have moved abroad in recent years.

“The headline figures in the report are disturbing but not surprising.

“One in four households has had a close family member emigrate in recent years. A quarter of under 25s have considered emigrating. Four out of every ten people aged between 25 and 34 have also considered emigrating.

“While the experience of many young people abroad was positive, most cited lack of employment opportunities at home as their main reason for leaving. The majority also expressed a desire to return home.

“The report’s seven recommendations focus on government action to support those young people who emigrate. The report calls for a minister with responsibility for emigration policy and for the development of a strategy of supporting emigrants both before they leave and while they are away.

“The government should give serious consideration to these recommendations.

“I want to comment the Youth Council and the report’s author Marie-Claire McAleer for this important publication. Its findings are important and must play a central role in forming the government policy response to the issue of emigration.

“In addition the Government needs to do more to give young people a real choice to stay in Ireland. This means investment in jobs and other supports such as a Youth Guarantee.”


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