Robert Guest of 
The Economist
, who told the conference that cheap flights and new communication methods were changing the nature of global migration. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish diaspora is a valuable resource to Ireland but its support cannot be taken for granted, a conference in Dublin heard(...)

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks  after being honoured with a Distinguished Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council in Washington DC earlier this month. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The potential influence diasporas of all nationalities can have on their home countries and how it can be cultivated will be explored at a two-(...)

About 3 per cent of the world’s population – 214 million people – live outside the land in which they were born. The value of migrants is being more greatly appreciated at a time when many countries – facing economic difficulties and stiffening public attitudes – are adopting restrictive immigration policies.

For decades emigrants, not just the Irish who flocked to Boston or New York, were envied by many of those they left behind. Just as ofte(...)