‘I couldn’t afford to live in Dublin, the city of my birth’

The number of people moving to Ireland is rising, but the experience is not easy for all

Stephen Cloak emigrated to Brazil for the second time, three months after his daughter was born in Dublin.

Stephen Cloak emigrated to Brazil for the second time, three months after his daughter was born in Dublin.

As figures from the Central Statistics Office show a continuing rise in the number of people moving to Ireland from abroad, The Irish Times asked readers who have done so in the past 18 months to tell us about their experiences. Here is a selection of responses we received, from both returning Irish emigrants, and new immigrants.

Stephen Cloak, re-emigrated to Brazil: ‘We couldn’t get close to the property ladder in Ireland’

I became a father on April 2nd, and left Ireland on July 15th because I could not afford to live in Dublin, the city of my birth. I had returned to live there in January 2013, just as the economy was showing its first green shoots. My Brazilian wife learned to speak English and worked hard to integrate into Irish society. She completed a post-grad in finance, and gained Irish citizenship three years later.

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