Brexit and Trump cause uncertainty as stories of return continue to dominate

Dave Dillon: “We’ve a book called Kiwi Jingle Bells that starts, ‘Dashing to the bay, in a Kombi camper van, Christmas at the beach, the family master plan. . .’ ”

Irish people overseas describe how they will celebrate Christmas this year

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘Should it be citizens born on the island of Ireland only? Should it be passport holders only?’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Taoiseach says referendum on issue will not be held in 2017 as previously promised

Supporters of Hillary Clinton watch the election results roll in at her election night rally in Manhattan. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Readers express despair and delight as Donald Trump becomes 45th president

Generation Emigration has published more than 1,000 stories written by readers abroad since the project began in October 2011.

As Generation Emigration expands to Irish Times Abroad, we look back on five years of emigrant stories

Eileen and Seamus Burke emigrated to Vancouver for the third time in their lives in 2012. Five weeks ago, they moved back to Galway.

Irish Times Abroad catches up with emigrants interviewed back in 2011/12 to find out how moving abroad worked out for them

Irish people continue to emigrate in large numbers, but for different reasons than they did at the height of the recession in 2011. The Irish Times is adapting its coverage of the Irish abroad to reflect the changing diaspora.

Want to be our eyes and ears on the ground where you live? Join the new Network

Despite a slowdown in the Australian economy, there are still almost 200 occupations on the Skilled Occupations List, which is a good indicator of your chances of finding a job.

The economy is strong but recent weakness in the labour market means it is important to do your research

Between May 2008 and April 2014, 78,500 people moved from the Republic of Ireland to Australia.

Beautiful beaches are a huge draw - but it’s a big move, so check our guide for practical advice

Homes tend to typically be in an inner city apartment block, or a fully detached, individually built suburban or rural house.

The type of accommodation on offer in New Zealand is different from that in Ireland

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection offers dozens of different visas for foreign workers, but the most popular among Irish immigrants are the working holiday and employer-sponsored (457) visas.

From a working holiday to permanent residency, our guide will help you to get the right visa

Despite a shortage of workers, there won’t be jobs for everyone, so it is important to do your research before leaving to make sure your skills and experience match what employers are looking for.

The government is looking abroad to fill skills shortages ranging from construction to healthcare

An important element of life in the Islamic Gulf States is how women are treated, and this tends to vary depending on the strictness of the regime in each of the states.

Irish people need to be prepared for a very different way of life

If you are already an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you  don’t need a visa to work in New Zealand.

From a working holiday to permanent residency, our guide will help you to find the right visa for your circumstances

Property in Australia: Rents and real estate prices are highest in Sydney, followed by Perth and  Melbourne.

Rental properties don’t come cheap, and competition is fierce - so get your groundwork done in advance

Flight times to Ireland and temperatures vary hugely in the world’s second-largest country

12-year-old Jonah Maxwell experienced bullying after moving from Dublin to Illinois

Billy Brosnan, engineer from Co Kerry: ‘There seems to be work in Dublin all right, but what about the rest of the country?’ Photograph: Jacky Ghossein

Generation Emigration reports from Sydney and Perth on their successes, struggles and the couples divided over whether to stay or (...)

The Crosscare survey results also found the challenges facing Irish people when they move abroad vary depending on where they go in the world. GAA clubs in Australia and New Zealand were most likely to highlight concerns relating to health and mental health among the Irish living there. Photograph: iStock

Survey of GAA clubs abroad finds job prospects and living costs are biggest concerns

The Beattie family in Perth – Keela, Anthony, Bronagh, Tiernan and Eimear. Eimear, a sports and history teacher from Co Limerick, runs the Irish Families in Perth group which now has 12,000 members on Facebook.

“Would Zara be doing Irish dancing if we were living in Galway? Probably not," says one dad in Sydney

St Patrick’s Day down under: For many people, the family is their main reason for moving to Australia. Many of them came out to give their kids a better life.

Irish Families in Perth, with 12,000 members on Facebook, is at the heart of the new Irish community

Irish Mums NOR facilitator Linda Morton with Lily (2) and Christopher (4), Geraldine Potts with daughter Erin (13 months), Maria Homan with daughter Ava (2), Allison McCormack Baxter with son Elliott (3 months), and Dee Mason with son Marley.

With family support 15,000km away, Irish mums are coming together in Australia for support and friendship

Alicia Butler with her partner, Gerard, and their daughters, Annie and Alice, at an Easter party organised by the Irish Mums NOR group in Perth, Australia.

Alicia Butler: ‘I breastfed Alice until halfway through my pregnancy with Annie, I don’t think I would have been able to do that a(...)

A busy street in Dublin. The census results  point to a continued shift in population growth towards the greater Dublin area since the last census results in 2011, with decreases in the Border and western areas. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh .

Census results: Birth rate helps push numbers towards highest since 1871 census

An Irish backpacker was discovered by the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency services after they received a call that a person was fast asleep on the ledge of a building. Photograph: Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services

Irish backpacker says he has no recollection of how he got onto the roof

Róisín Ryan: ‘There will be more and more people like me moving back from Australia, and that’s the ideal way to develop business links between the two countries.’

Róisín Ryan, director with Grant Thornton in Dublin, recently returned from Melbourne

A survey of IACC members last year found 80 per cent wanted to return to live in Ireland in the future, or were undecided about staying in Australia. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce to open new Dublin chapter

Dublin-born architect Niamh Kiernan: “The failure to ensure that funding for heritage is put on a statutory basis is detrimental to the heritage sector.”

Funds generated by modernising estate’s outhouses and making them available for rent

Epic Ireland  in CHQ, Dublin: Some of the diaspora’s well-known members. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Since the State bailed on a national diaspora centre, Neville Isdell has pumped millions of his own money into creating the ultima(...)

GP Aifric Boylan: ‘The most striking difference between working as a GP in Australia versus Ireland is that here the health system facilitates me in taking care of patients properly.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish healthcare workers abroad share suggestions based on experience overseas

A private house in Dalkey, Co Dublin, by Italian Solutions for deBlacam & Meagher

Kate Macklin sent her first consignment of Italian furniture to Ireland in an empty meat truck. Now her design, construction and r(...)

Policemen stand guard at the entrance of a security perimeter set near Maelbeek metro station. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Heavy military presence in aftermath of fatal Maelbeek explosion: ‘People started to run’

Badges of pride: at  the New York St Patrick’s Day Parade. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

From Montserrat to Perth: national day celebrated around world

Showing solidarity with and speaking up for people who are suffering

A Giant Panda cub is seen on show at China’s largest breeding Programme at Chengdu Research Base Of Giant Panda Breeding. Photograph:  Paul Gilham/Getty Images

It is a thrill to be young and lose yourself for months in the vastness of China, but you can cover a lot of ground – and be bett(...)

Melanie Cullen with her mother Shirley McHugh  in Sydney

Irish people living abroad pay a special Mother’s Day tribute to their mammies

Gareth Simpson: ‘For me and the other Irish people I meet, it is clear and simple: access to good quality housing, schools and healthcare are paramount. Those three issues far outweigh any counter issue with regards to tax.’

We asked high-earning Irish emigrants what they thought. Here’s what they had to say

David Farrell Professor of Politics at University College Dublin said voters are leaving it very late to make up their minds. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

David Farrell says evidence voters are increasingly swayed by policies over personalities

Noel Barrett: “We are lucky with the weather here, but you have to motivate yourself to get up, out and exercise.”

Since moving Down Under, these Irish people have discovered a passion for fitness, they tell Ciara Kenny

Claire Smyth with her husband Kevin in Labrador, Canada.

Six Irish emigrants talk about how they are celebrating the festive season in their new homes

The IEC scheme allows people aged 18-35 from Ireland to work in Canada for up to two years, or three if they participate in the ‘international co-op’ category first.

IEC visas to be allocated in several rounds in 2016 rather than on first come, first served basis

Barbara Murphy: ‘Knowing that even the new Irish are so willing to help out is just great; it’s  embedded in our DNA I think.’

Every year, Barbara Murphy organises a community dinner for those who have no family close by to share the day with

 On a  new summer camp programme, children of the Irish diaspora will  ‘learn about the country’s history and to experience the modern face of Ireland’. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

New cultural programme and media fund announced at Global Irish Economic Forum

Economist and broadcaster David McWilliams at the forum in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Diaspora has critical role to play, Enda Kenny tells fourth Global Irish Economic Forum

IBRC inquiry: The Government has been told that Mr Justice Brian Cregan wants  another judge to assist him. Photograph: The Irish Times

Interim report finds six largest write-offs led to combined loss of almost €1bn to taxpayer

Norah Casey: ’I often say Ireland Inc should have an ad on pregnancy sticks abroad, because as soon as someone has a baby, they want to come home to raise their kids in the local area where they grew up.’

Ahead of the Global Irish Economic Forum, we ask panellists for their views on how the diaspora can help Ireland, and how Ireland (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan will be hosting the Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle this weekend.

And what should Ireland do for the diaspora? What would you like to see discussed at the Global Irish Economic Forum?

Figures released by the HSE to The Irish Times last week show only 77 nurses have so far accepted job offers  under the Nursing in Ireland scheme. File photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Nursing in Ireland campaign had aimed to attract 500 nurses back within three months

What’s your favourite local dish? Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

We want to hear about your top dish, food items and recipes from where you live now

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin presenting Budget 2016 at Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Noonan says tax changes will entice Irish emigrants home. Will they? Have your say

From Nervous Nellie to Confident Ciara in just a week, Ciara Kenny learns to love the slopes high in the French Alps

New Zealand emerged as the best place for quality of life, with 57 per cent of expat respondents saying they have become more physically active since moving there. Photograph: Thinkstock

Infographic: Singapore tops HSBC Expat Explorer survey, with plenty of jobs, high wages and lots to do

How do you think you would perform in an English language test? Photograph: Thinkstock

Migration agent claims large numbers of Irish 'fail' the English test. What are the questions like?

Loretta Brennan Glucksman ‘has shown herself to be a proud Irish-American, giving back so generously to the land of her ancestors’, Mr Deenihan said.

Irish-American philanthropist ‘has shown herself to be a friend and champion of Ireland in the US’

In the 12 months to April,  35,300 Irish nationals left the country, down 13 per cent on the previous year. Photograph: Thinkstock

Ireland has highest share in OECD of over-15s born here but living overseas

Dr Aifric Boylan at the Johnstown Bridge Health Clinic in Enfield, Co Meath. She moved to Australia last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The  Irish Times

Aifric Boylan (35), an Irish GP in Melbourne, feels much more supported since the move

Sarah Doran: “The biggest difference I have seen between the NHS and the HSE is the waiting times.”

Sarah Doran (24), Irish speech and language therapist working in Berkshire

Sally Casey: “I was surprised to find staff shortages, but not on any scale like my colleagues were facing back home.”

Sally Casey (46), Irish renal specialist nurse working in Abu Dhabi

UCC graduate Michael Courtney (24), who moved to Perth, Australia.

Michael Courtney (24) left Ireland to work in Perth hospital after graduating from UCC

The recruitment embargo introduced by the HSE in 2009 meant there were  no staff jobs in the health service for the 1,500 nurses and 727 doctors graduating each year. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Sick system: The ailing health service, part 3

Ciara Kenny with a quick-marinated pork tenderloin with baby corn and mangetout she cooked from ingredients delivered by DropChef

DropChef is a business that delivers high-quality ingredients and instructions for your meals to your home – you just do the cooki(...)

Downward curve: Western Australia is seeing a slowdown in mining. Photograph: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Fewer emigrants than expected are returning to Ireland. But the economic situation is only one factor in people’s decision to stay(...)

In Brisbane: Richard Donovan with wife Patricia and son Michael. They will all be back in Tipperary in September.

Emigration is falling as economy improves but there is no wave of returning expats. Why?

‘Irish Times’ readers abroad on how they see the economy

Naomi Algeo, who lives in London, says she was “disheartened” by a recent JobBridge advertisement offering just €50 on top of the dole for a qualified clinical psychologist.

Recently graduated occupational therapist Naomi Algeo moved to London in January

Almost 40,000 people with a third-level qualification emigrated from Ireland in the 12 months to April. Photograph: Thinkstock

Analysis: Quality of work, wages and living costs driving people away

Just one in seven emigrants were unemployed before leaving, CSO figures show

Family reunion: Bernadette O'Donnell and her daughter Maureen will fly to Edmonton to meet Brian, Aidan and John (pictured). A fourth brother, Peter, will have moved to Canada by the time they arrive.

Winner of the Irish Times Flying Visit competition selected from 10,000 entries

The Giant’s Causeway in Co Antrim was the top ranked Irish sight on the Lonely Planet’s list of must-see destinations worldwide. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Temples of Angkor named world’s top must-see destination in guidebook list of 500

Former minister for foreign affairs Eamon Gilmore presented a Certificate of Irish Heritage to Tom Cruise, whose Irish ancestry stretches back to the 12th century when the Cruise family settled in Ireland as Knights of Strongbow

Just 2,925 people splashed cash for paper proving Irish roots

Dublin might have some of the best pubs in the world, but you’ll get a much cheaper pint elsewhere. Photograph: Thinkstock

Dublin ranked 28th most expensive city in world in new cost comparison survey

“We are trying to target people who are now in their late 20s and early 30s, who are maybe thinking of getting married or starting a family, and want to come home, ”says James Gillic of Ethos Engineering. Photograph: Thinkstock

Workers with at least five years’ experience are now in high demand here

Artist’s impression of what the Twin Space structure will look like in Front Square in Trinity College, Dublin.

Twin Space structures in Trinity College and Brooklyn will allow strangers and friends to chat and ‘high five’

Dara Whelan: ‘I bear a close physical resemblance to my father - so much so that I’ve even been mistaken for him from a distance, on the phone, and unfortunately, dancing.’

Irish abroad share tributes to their dads and describe their long-distance relationships on Father’s Day

Do you know a particular city or town abroad like the back of your hand, and have insights you think holidaymakers would appreciate?

The Irish Times is looking for local experts to share insider knowledge with holidaymakers

Members of ‘Boat to Vote’, a group of Irish people returning to Dublin from London to vote in the May 22nd same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Dave Meehan

#Hometovote movement in same-sex marriage referendum last month captured ‘hearts and minds’ of the nation, says Minister

Steve Lenox, President Irish Network USA (left), Sally Mulready Irish Elderly Advice Network and Council of State member and Billy Lawless, cChairman of Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform  at the Global Irish Civic Forum at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

People working with Irish in 17 countries gather in Dublin Castle for Global Irish Civic Forum

Left to right: Celine Kennelly, Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre, San Francisco; Marion O’Hagan, Australian Irish Welfare Bureau; Denise Flanagan, Honorary Vice Consul, Auckland New Zealand; and Joe O’Brien of Crosscare  during the Global Irish Civic Forum at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Government is considering possibility of extending rights without holding referendum

Karen O’Reilly with her husband Brian and children Alannah (10) and Dylan (8)

Returning to Ireland Q&A: Karen O’Reilly and her family have no regrets about moving home to Clonakilty from France

Returning to Ireland Q&A: Arts administrator Ruth Mulholland is struggling to find work after moving back from the UK

     On the wing: Those who were in their mid-20s when they emigrated in 2009 and 2010 may be heading into their 30s now, and facing decisions about whether to buy a home, take that next career step or have children. Photograph: Stephen Strathdee/E+/Getty

For five years people have been leaving in droves. Now employers and the Government want them back but housing and lifestyle barri(...)

All you need to know about applying for benefits, the Habitual Residence Condition, and transferring your pension

Six in ten respondents to a survey by the Irish Australian Chamber of Commercesaid Government assistance would be “very important” or “somewhat important” if they decided to move back to Ireland.

Survey: 98 out of 100 Irish professionals in Australia dissatisfied with assistance provided to help people move back

When votes from Ireland were excluded, a total of 5,497 were received, with 90 per cent in favour of Yes. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

‘Virtual votes’ cast in Irish Times online poll by 5,500 people in 108 countries

Hundreds of photos and messages have been posted on Twitter by Irish people  travelling home from abroad to vote in the referendums today.

A selection of the best tweets showing the distances emigrants are travelling to have their say in the referendums

A group of about 30 young Irish people living in London departed on the train from Euston station at 9am this morning to make the journey back to Dublin to vote in the same-sex marriage referendum.

Irish citizens are travelling back from as far afield as Canada, Australia and Africa to cast their ballot

The granddaughter of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, Marina Picasso, poses outside her house Pavillon de Flore in Cannes. As a child, Marina often found the gates closed at the Pavillon de Flore, which used to be called La Californie. Photograph: Jean Christophe Magnenet/AFP/Getty Images

Mansion in Cannes was where artist painted some of his most famous works, and met Brigitte Bardot

Crosscare, the Dublin-based charity which provides support and advice to Irish emigrants, said the new mortgage restrictions could deter Irish people from returning to live here from abroad. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Have your say: Emigrants who bought house abroad will not be considered first-time buyers in Ireland

The #BeMyYes video features Irish people living abroad who cannot vote in the same-sex marriage referendum  on May 22nd appealing to people still living here to vote Yes.

Emigrants show support for same-sex marriage in #UseYourVote and #BeMyYes campaigns

Ireland’s net outward migration figure became the highest in Europe after the economic crash.

Young people will return to live and work in Ireland as economy recovers, says Noonan

IN-Dublin will also help   Irish professionals looking to move to the US to connect with businesspeople over there before leaving.

Mentoring programmes and social events aim to help returning Irish make industry connections

One-third of women said they were surprised at how many units they had consumed when they added them up for the survey. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/PA Wire

Irish Times survey shows 18- to 24-year-olds most likely to binge but over-60s drink most regularly

Demand for the IEC working holiday visas among Irish applicants has been high in recent years, with the first round snapped up in a record seven minutes last year, and the second round in half an hour.

Demand expected to be high for first round of International Experience Canada permits in 2015

Emma Hughes: ‘I will be applying for my citizenship as soon as I am eligible. This is fantastic country to live in.’

Emma Hughes shares her experience of applying for permanent residency through new system

Console founder Paul Kelly was presented with  the Labour Party Irish Society community award for 2015 by MP Liz Kendall.

Suicide prevention charity opened first UK office in 2012

It is worth checking the list of exhibitors and jobs they are looking to fill before deciding which jobs fair to go to. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Recruiters from Canada, Australia, UK and Saudi Arabia look to fill positions healthcare, construction and education

Generation Emigration has published more than 1,000 stories written by readers abroad since the project began in October 2011.

Irish people living all over the world submitted pieces on their relationship with ‘home’

Eimear Nugent, Joe O’Brien, Sarah Owen and Richard King of Crosscare at the launch of their new website focusing on the mental health and wellbeing of Irish emigrants,

New website focuses on mental health of Irish people living overseas

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘Emigration has a devastating impact on our economy as we lose the input of talent and energy. We need these people at home. And we will welcome them.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Relationship between Ireland and emigrants ‘must be built on trust, respect and reciprocity’

Joey Kavanagh: ‘The referendum represents a crucial milestone for the equality movement in Ireland and I wanted to play my part.’

Irish man living in London set up Get the Boat 2 Vote campaign to encourage others to travel home

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