‘Those who return for family reasons usually have the persistence to deal with difficulties thrown their way, but those who are single and coming home for a better lifestyle have less patience with obstacles.’

This year, as many emigrants explore the possibility of returning to Ireland, they are likely to encounter a strange fusion of feelings relating to be(...)

The vast majority of Irish prisoners overseas will eventually be released, with many choosing to return home. .PA photo: Rebecca Naden.

The Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO) was established 30 years ago by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference following concerns about the nu(...)

Alan Hilliard: ‘The one who returns has changed many levels. The experience of living in a new place radically alters their view on things. What they believe, how they perceive, think, feel, and act can be very different.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

This is the year of returnees; at least that is what many are saying. The Government is now encouraging emigrants to come home, as there are more j(...)

‘Emigrants may be interested in contributing to a new Ireland - one that offers a more secure future and one that might incentivise their return with their families. Ireland more than ever needs a young, energetic and visionary population.’ Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

This week, Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan said a plan for emigrant voting rights will not be included in the Government's new st(...)

 The concept of ‘migratory mourning’ is emerging in modern psychology,   a clinical name for nostalgia and homesickness felt by emigrants and their family and friends left behind. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

There is something unnerving when you watch a grown man cry. He was in his mid-50s, dressed in overalls and work boots, and spoke to me through the ki(...)