Non-recognition of qualifications is a major barrier for returning emigrants

Three years after the Government identified this as an issue, little has been done

From healthcare and human resources to construction, many workers have trouble getting their overseas qualifications recognised in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

From healthcare and human resources to construction, many workers have trouble getting their overseas qualifications recognised in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

As part of a consultation process for the Government’s first Global Irish Diaspora Policy, published in March 2015, “recognition of qualifications” was identified as one of the main barriers for emigrants looking to make a move back to Ireland.

An interdepartmental committee, established under the diaspora policy, was to meet four times a year to examine this issue – along with recognition of driving licences, lack of affordable housing, and job opportunities – and “minimise the difficulties that these challenges present”.

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