Sunday 19th April 2015
Generation Emigration

www.irishtimes.com

One last family Christmas in the Caribbean Our family faced bereavements, redundancy and cancer diagnosis this year. After a challenging 12 months, we're taking our teenagers for one last family Christmas in Martinique rather than making the trek back from Brussels to Dublin, writes Des Collins
‘I want to return home, but that means a new career’ I have worked all over Europe, Africa and the Middle East helping to organise democratic elections with the EU and UN, but I still see Ireland as home and would love to return full-time someday, says NIALL McCANN
Learning the local tongues It would have been easy to get by speaking English in Brussels, but improving my French and taking up Flemish has offered me more of an insight into two very different but overlapping sides of Belgian culture, writes Deirdre Lennon.
I’m happy to be part of generation emigration It’s a shame that the discourse surrounding youth emigration is so negative, writes Sarah Keane in Brussels.
“Moving back to Ireland is not in my plan, but none of it ever was” Marc de faoite has lived in London, Brussels, France, India and Malaysia. He has found himself and lost himself around the world, and moving back to Ireland is not in the plan, he writes.