Cathy Murphy

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Net overseas migration in Australia is expected to be down 30 per cent this year as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.  Photograph:  James D Morgan/Getty Images

During the post-2008 recession, Irish people became used to hearing how emigration was a “safety valve” for the labour market, wicking underemployed p(...)

A Canadian flag on the ferry to Bowen Island near Vancouver, Canada. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Some Irish students spending the summer in Vancouver, Canada, have been accused of urinating on dancefloors and absconding from restaurants and rental(...)

Cathy Murphy with Kevin Graham and Michéal O’Rourke at the Irish Canadian Immigration Centre in Toronto. Photograph: Matthew Manna

Perhaps it was the drop-in visit back in 2013 from Ballyshannon-born Toronto police officer Kevin Graham that alerted us at the Irish Canadian Immigra(...)

Irish nationals living in Canada and select other countries are entitled to free Skype counselling sessions through Cabhrú. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Question I am a permanent resident in Canada. I have suffered some traumatic personal events in recent months. I am feeling depressed and stressed. I(...)

Cork native Brian Sheehy in Toronto where he has lived for three years. He plans to apply for citizenship as soon as he’s eligible

This week, Irish Times Abroad reached out to readers in Canada who have become Canadian citizens, asking them to share their stories. Keep scrolling t(...)

Rachel Healy and Samantha White in Vancouver: ‘It feels like you’re going to crack up when you’re sitting in a tiny apartment, and you can’t even call home because of the time difference.’

Samantha White’s homesickness kicked in when she was six months pregnant. When she dropped her mother off at Vancouver International Airport, at the e(...)

Connected: Sinéad Clarke of the Irish Design House and Sinéad O’Neill of CraicTO. Photograph: Benny Corrigan

Mary Monks Hatch was pleasantly surprised when she started to hear more Irish voices in Vancouver – on the street, in lifts, sitting next to her on t(...)

Jimmy Deenihan with older members of the Irish community in Australia in 2015.

Ireland’s first ever Minister of State for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan lost his Dáil seat last weekend. In recent days, representatives from Iris(...)

Steve Lenox, President Irish Network USA (left), Sally Mulready Irish Elderly Advice Network and Council of State member and Billy Lawless, cChairman of Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform  at the Global Irish Civic Forum at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Loneliness and isolation are among the biggest challenges facing new Irish emigrants abroad, which can often lead to depression and sometimes suici(...)

The first round of IEC working holiday visas for Canada were snapped up in a record seven minutes last year, and the second round in half an hour. Image: Getty

It’s that time of year again, when the mad scramble for Canadian working holiday visas begins. Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced las(...)

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