Perceptions of emigration as permanent move are ‘outdated’ according to study
Studies show Polish and Irish emigrants have similar patterns of mobility
A boy holds a Polish flag: research shows Polish and Irish emigrants are highly mobile and move back and forward between their home countries and abroad. Photograph: Reuters
The perceptions of emigration as a permanent move abroad is outdated, according to new research into Irish and Polish migrants.
Learning from Poland: First Reflections followed the experiences of both Polish and Irish emigrants over the last 10 years.
The research, which will be presented at a conference in Trinity College Dublin today, found that both Polish and Irish emigrants are highly mobile and move back and forward a lot between their home countries and abroad.
“There is still a sense of which the idea of emigration as a permanent thing is still very present in a lot of political discussions and from community representatives,” he said.
“Nowadays, you can have an emigrants’ wake for someone and two years later they come back.”
He said their research is borne out by the figures which show 89,000 left Ireland last year, but 55,900 came to live in Ireland.