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The jobless generation in Ireland and Europe, the Fiscal Treaty referendum, physio internships and life in Berlin: this week’s round-up of emigration-related stories from

Wed, May 23, 2012, 01:00


Jennifer Judge, interviewed by Carl O'Brien for 'The Jobless Generation' article, has found work at a pharmacy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Talking Property  “Despite being repeatedly told there is a glut of homes on the market, we have little or nothing to offer our returning emigrants – either for sale or rent.” Isabel Morton, 17 May.

An Irishman’s Diary Irish-born American labour organiser Mother Jones, subject of the old folk song She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain When She Comes, will be celebrated in Cork this summer on the 175th anniversary of her birth. Frank McNally, 17 May.

War of words in Athlone Letters to the editor about a confrontation between the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and a protester in Athlone, who blamed him for the emigration of his three children. 17 May.

A city that has thrived against the odds I live with an insurance worker and his cat, I have a little identity card that allows me to eat lunch in the Bundestag, and there is new graffiti on my street nearly every morning. Welcome to my little part of Berlin, relates Kate Katharina Ferguson as part of Generation Emigration, 18 May.

Emigration cited by both sides of the referendum debate as a reason to vote yes or no: Noonan warns of ‘dangerous leap’ with No vote, 17 May; Austerity is no credible strategy for getting public finances under control, Pearse Doherty, 18 May; Tánaiste says treaty rejection would lead to more austerity, Michael O’Regan, 18 May.

The Jobless Generation Youth unemployment has become a social emergency, retarding economies and blighting lives. Job-creation policies are failing. Can anything reverse the trend? Carl O’Brien, 19 May.

The Jobless Generation: Europe The ‘Neets’ make up a fifth of Europe’s youth. Can they ride out the recession? Mary Fitzgerald, 19 May.

Louth team hard hit by injuries and emigration: Battered Louth land last-gasp haymaker, Philip Reid, 21 May, and Shefflin’s no-show a precaution, Philip Reid, 22 May.

Call for physio internships to be included in JobBridge Minister for Health James Reilly has proposed extending the Government’s national intern scheme – JobBridge – to provide a placement scheme for newly qualified physiotherapists to save them from unemployment and emigration. Martin Wall, 22 May.