Last week we published a story about a growing trend in Polish immigration. While the American economy wavers, the Polish economy is growing, causing many Poles to leave New York City’s “Little Poland” for the motherland. This story got one of our readers thinking:
“Reading this story about Polish reverse migration makes me wonder about what is happening with Irish immigration. I had heard that around 2007 Irish immigrants were returning to Ireland…in larger numbers than they had in decades if not centuries. I wonder what is happening with that now as both America and Ireland have gone into deep recession since then.” ~Linda Dunbar
The research we uncovered indicates that young people in Ireland are nervous about their job prospects at home and are leaving Ireland in droves. And not all are bound for the U.S. In late 2011, the Irish Times reported that two-thirds of Irish college students plan to emigrate after graduating:
“While 37 per cent of those who intend to emigrate said they would do so directly after finishing their degree, 39 per cent said they would not leave until they had exhausted the possibility of finding a job in Ireland first. The remaining 24 per cent plan to emigrate in the ‘next few years.’”
The bulk of students had their sights on Australia as a new home, while the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and continental Europe were favored destinations, too.
The survey is reinforced by statistics form Ireland’s Central Statistics Office. Since 2008, Ireland’s emigration rate has tripled.