Following the progress of a group of emigrants in 2014
We’ll be following them as they prepare to go, settle into their new homes and make new lives abroad
The Irish economy may be gradually improving, but for very many Irish people, career and lifestyle opportunities are still much better abroad. Although the Economic and Social Research Institute has predicted that emigration levels may have begun to fall slightly, it is likely that the numbers leaving Ireland will remain high for several years to come.
This year, The Irish Times will be following a group of emigrants as they go through the process of leaving Ireland for a new life overseas. Starting in the newspaper and online today, we will be charting their progress as they prepare to go, say their goodbyes, settle into their new homes and go about making a new life for themselves elsewhere.
With Irish people of all ages, occupations and social backgrounds currently leaving the country, it is almost impossible to select a “representative sample” of the current generation of emigrants. But the six individuals and families participating in this project give some sense of their diversity; their feelings about the move are as broad-ranging as their reasons for leaving in the first place, either out of choice or necessity.