Ciara Kenny

The Irish Times forum by and for Irish citizens living overseas,

Report reveals how Irish communities abroad have changed since 2008

Recent emigrants are well educated and networked but many still experience difficulties financially and mentally

Thu, Jul 31, 2014, 09:39


The Clinton Institute in UCD have produced a report as part of the Government’s diaspora strategy review on “supporting the next generation of the Irish diaspora”. The 120-page review, based on analysis of migration statistics, interviews with community leaders working with emigrants, and focus groups with Irish people in the main destinations (US, Canada, Australia and the UK), outlines how the Irish population in each of these regions has changed post-2008.

They have analysed where new vulnerabilities are emerging, what groups need increased support and funding (through the Government’s Emigrant Support Programme, which provides about €11 million a year to Irish groups abroad), and how the relationship between Ireland and its diaspora can be more “mutually beneficial” so the Irish abroad don’t feel they are being shaken down, to coin Gabriel Byrne’s phrase.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be exploring some of the chapters in more detail, but for the moment, read the main news piece Some recent emigrants suffering isolation and hardship and analysis, A stronger diaspora still needs the mother ship, about how Irish people living abroad may be better off than in the past but they still require support.

Read the full report: Supporting the Next Generation of the Irish Diaspora