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    Calling returning emigrant children

    Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

    Children and Irish return migration form the subject of a new research project being conducted in the Department of Geography, University College Cork, by researcher Dr. Caitríona Ní Laoire. The project focuses on the experiences of children and young people who have moved to Ireland in recent years with their return migrant parent(s).

    Previous research on return migration conducted by Caitríona and her colleagues found that many return migrants moved back to Ireland partly in order to bring up their children there. This new research aims to explore this phenomenon from the perspectives of the children themselves. Caitríona hopes to talk to return migrant parents and their children, using participative research methods such as photography, drawing and diaries with the children and young people. She is also conducting interviews with adults who moved to Ireland with their families when they were younger.

    She would be delighted to have the cooperation of Éan members who might be able to help her to make contact with families who have returned to Ireland.

    For further information on how you might be able to help, please contact Dr. Caitríona Ní Laoire at the Department of Geography, UCC,Cork, 021-4903656, c.nilaoire@ucc.ie.

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    Boston Globe articles highlight changing migration patterns

    Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

    The Boston Globe has run a two-part series of articles focusing on the experiences of the Irish in Boston. By Kevin Cullen, the series opens with a description of a new version of the “American Wake” – a goodbye held in Quincy pub for an undocumented couple as they prepare to head home for Ireland, giving up their Boston lives after seven years. The article describes how the Irish immigrant experience has changed dramatically as the community shrinks and enforcement increases.

    The second article in the series describes the experiences of those who have conm home, and how returning emigrants are coping with the changes that have taken place in the last few years.

    Read the series:
    Wave of Irish immigration to Boston begins to slow“.
    “Going full circle: Native land’s new prosperity has many reversing their exodus”

    Sligo County Council says returning emigrants have right to build homes

    Monday, January 29th, 2007

    The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council has told the Sligo Association in London that the county is helping to bring emigrants home, according to a story in the Sligo Weekender.

    Councillor Jim McGarry said, “From Sligo County Council’s perspective, I am pleased that the status of returning emigrants has been actively promoted in our County Development Plan. This plan outlines an explicit entitlement for returning emigrants to build their homes in their native community, and I feel this is a right that is fully deserved?.

    He also praised the volunteers working with the emigrant community: “I have the highest regard for the many volunteers who give of their time and energy to assist our people in London.?

    See the report on the Sligo Weekender website.
    http://www.sligoweekender.ie/news/story.asp?j=31409&cat=business

    Returning emigrant finds Irish peculiar

    Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

    Today’s Irish Times Health Supplement takes a look at a returned emigrant who, recently diagnosed with cancer, is seeking to set up a centre for people who are looking to cope with a “life challenge”.

    While the focus of the article is on business consultant Joseph Daly’s fight against his ailment and intentions to set up the Tamhnach Center, it also contains some interesting thoughts on his return.

    Joseph came from Longwood, Co Meath and left Ireland to see the world after finishing school. He lived mostly in South Africa but also in Germany and Greece, and traveled extensively. Of his return he says:

    We found settling into Ireland one of the most difficult things we had ever done. It is my home country but so much has changed in the past 20 years. We found it easier settling into a completely foreign country like Greece where we knew nobody and spoke a different language.

    The Irish are peculiar. If you have been abroad and have been successful in any way, there is a certain begrudgery; you are seen as coming back with fancy ideas.

    Read the article on the Irish Times website.

    Cork IT group invites returnees

    Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

    A networking organisation for IT professionals in the Cork region, IT@Cork, is offering itself as a tool for returning emigrants to ease their integration back into local industry. The organisation recently published an article entitled “Support for Returning Emigrants” on its website.

    The article addresses how organisations are looking to returning Irish emigrants as a way of address hiring shortages in the IT industry; it also outlines some of the tax benefits that returnees can avail of. It notes that “11% of all ‘High Potential Startup Projects’ funded by Enterprise Ireland were started by returning emigrants”.

    The article concludes with encouragement:

    If you are considering returning home, the employment prospects could not be better. The Irish IT industry is a stable and mature industry, where experience and expertise are rewarded. A number of agencies, both public and private, are there to help you with the transition, whether that be to join an existing company or to assist you in setting up your own company. If you haven’t thought of moving back, maybe now is time to give it some consideration.

    Read the article on the it@Cork website.
    Visit the it@cork website.

    Minister invites emigrants home at FAS NY event

    Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

    Minister of State for Labour Tony Killeen spoke at the launch of the FAS Jobs Ireland New York event. He gave a background of Irish emigration and told the story of Ireland’s economic success in recent decades. He declared:

    If you are an Irish person who emigrated to the United States ten or fifteen years ago you will find that the Ireland of today is dramatically different from the country you left. To Irish people who are thinking of returning to Ireland we say: Now is the time to come home. Instead of the depressed country you left behind you will find instead a wide range of jobs and opportunities. There has never been a better time to live and work in Ireland.

    His entire speech is on the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment’s website.

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