Getting ready to go: six people emigrating this year
Six soon to be emigrants share their plans and reasons for leaving
I will be limited to working with a company for just six months because of my visa, but I’m hoping to get residency and stay a few years at least. I worry that things have slowed down in the Australian economy. But moving there still feels right.
SARAH THARAKAN (31) is moving to San Francisco with her husband, Nithin (29). She has a background in the charity sector
My husband and I aren’t being pushed out the door, more dragged out by a sense of adventure. Even with the economy apparently on the mend, Ireland is still a small island and there might be better professional opportunities for us someplace else.
My mother is American, I’m a dual citizen, my husband’s an Indian-born Irish citizen and his parents have yet another nationality. Emigration and immigration are in our blood.
We are waiting on my husband’s green card to come through, applied for on the back of my American citizenship. This makes living and working in another country a more straightforward prospect than what many others have to face. It goes beyond an attachment to people or place; I realise my luck in having two “good” passports, yet they are nothing more than an accident of birth. Home, and belonging, are fluid for me.
He has a job lined up there, in the headquarters of the company he works for in Dublin. We’re in San Francisco for a couple of weeks now, he for work, I on a kind of reconnaissance mission to get a feel for the place before moving here. I’m leaving by choice, but still experience moments where I question the madness that has inspired me to abandon all I know, for better or worse, in Ireland.
I don’t know how long we’re going to be away. I don’t know if San Francisco is just the first stop. I do not know where I will call home in ten years’ time. I think maybe that’s the whole point.