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Ireland calls on its emigrant sons and daughters to come home

The Irish government has produced its first ever policy for the diaspora, and it wants emigrants to come back to Ireland.

The policy is called Global Irish and looks at ways the government can connect with the people who have left Ireland. It says that the diaspora is both ‘an asset and a responsibility’ that requires a ‘sustained, long term effort’ when engaging with it.

Irish diaspora policy to encourage emigrants to come home

It also looks at ways to support Irish people abroad who are in need of assistance.

The report has been launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton, Minister for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan.

Mr Kenny said: “Emigration has a devastating impact on our economy as we lose the input of talent and energy. We need these people at home. And we will welcome them.”

The report includes plans for welfare projects to support vulnerable Irish people abroad. It identifies specific groups as being in particular need of support – people suffering isolation, depression and other mental health difficulties, as well as aging communities in ‘Irish’ areas of the UK and US and also Travellers, prisoners and the undocumented Irish in the US.

Another aspect of Global Irish is to support cultural projects such as Irish sport, music, dance, literature and language. Business networks to connect Irish professionals and companies worldwide will also be a priority.

Irish emigrants and community leaders abroad will be invited to the first ever ‘Global Irish Civic Forum’ to discuss the challenges they face.

People looking to leave Ireland will have access to a wealth of information about popular destinations for emigrants and Irish organisations and networks thanks to a new Global Irish” online hub on the Department of Foreign Affairs website.

The hub will also have information on returning to Ireland and what training and job opportunities will be available to them.

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Mr Kenny predicted that 2016 will be the first year in which more people move back to Ireland than leave the country.

The policy review began in 2013 and received over 130 submissions from individuals and organisations with an interest in diaspora issues.

27 thoughts on “Ireland calls on its emigrant sons and daughters to come home

  1. Haviland

    I am desperate to move to Ireland and I have been talking back and forth with immigration for months. You have to have a retirement income of 60,000 Euros per year on top of 200,000 Euros in the bank. Unless you have an Irish grandparent, then you’re golden. I’m screwed.

    31/08/2015 at 11:33 pm
  2. R0bert O'Brien

    My grandmother was Irish. came to America with her sister. loved Dublin ! want to return. I have some mental health issues(depression) and belive living in Ireland help me. any assistance would be greatly appreciated . was so happy while in Ireland. regards, bob

    31/08/2015 at 6:43 pm
  3. Dr Jason White

    I am a second generation South African. My great grandparents emmigrated from Ireland. My grandfather fought in WWII (South African Irish regiment). Family Originally from Bray. I have family living in Ireland. I applied for an Irish passport as a foreign birth registration, but was declined by the S.A embassy? I am proudly Irish and I have alot to offer. I am a Maxillofacial surgeon and would love to return to Ireland with my family. So sad that we are unable to come back home.

    31/08/2015 at 7:59 am
  4. Anne-Marie Fair

    Would love to return to Ireland but am nearly retiring age. I would like some information on that possibility given my age.

    31/08/2015 at 4:13 am
  5. Paul Boley

    My grandmother Mary Kelley left Ireland in 1940’s at19 yrs. Old, I’ve always wanted to move back to her homeland.. I’m going to explore the possibilities .

    15/08/2015 at 2:49 pm
  6. caoimhe

    That’s just so sad. But they were wrong to deny you. So many people in the public sector do not understand the law and misinformation is the result. So long as you can prove to them that Ireland is now your main centre of interest you will have satisfied the Habitual Residency Condition without having to be back home for 2 years. This was specifically amended to make sure people who returned home would not be unfairly penalised.

    15/08/2015 at 12:42 pm
  7. Denise Hanlon
  8. June

    both sides of my family were forced out of Ireland and both came to Canada in 1845 I have been back many times.. but I’d do anything to be able to go back and make it my homeland again.
    Open to all ideas

    11/07/2015 at 8:18 pm
  9. Sandra Morrison

    I would appreciate information on relocation opportunities for retirees wishing to move to Ireland. Cost of living, rental rates, utilities, etc…..
    This is something I have considered for a long time but I am not first generation from Ireland if that makes a difference.
    Please e-mail what information you can.

    11/07/2015 at 5:11 am
  10. Mary Robinson

    Please advise further….what age group and financial status is this aimed at? Please enda to clarify this for many of us Irish who had no choice but to leave Ireland to secure employment even when at barely 18 it broke my heart..

    Thank you

    10/07/2015 at 10:36 pm
  11. Michele

    I would love to move over too but there are hardy any jobs and its a hard ife there at the moment, so unless you have money to take… I dont think its aimed at people with nothing but their skills and love of Ireland

    10/07/2015 at 9:25 pm
  12. James Gallagher

    How will the government help with me moving back .Will I be able to claim benefits etc till I find work. Help in need to go home to look after my mother since my dad died two years ago

    10/07/2015 at 6:35 pm
  13. Shawn McKinley

    My family is of Irish decent and I know we to come home to our where our ancestors r from my mother and I are both dialed but enjoy gardening so I’m sure we could make our way

    10/07/2015 at 6:03 pm
  14. Ms. Godfrey Coppinger

    My husband,Brian, was born and reared in Listowel, County Kerry. He has been in America since 1990 and he’s READY TO GO HOME!

    14/06/2015 at 1:18 am
  15. David larkin

    This wellcome home is BS, I returned after 38 years aboard due to illness , I was well treated by tallaght hospital , told by my doctor I would not be able to work again, and I should apply for a disability allowance , after months with no payment I was told I would receive nothing . Reason I had not lived in Ireland for two years. I had a choice, leave Ireland or become homeless!
    I borrowed money and now live in the philippe as, where I try to find an income, it’s disgusting to read this BS, they don’t want you home they want your money home.

    13/06/2015 at 6:12 am
  16. Jason Galvez

    Great grandchild of Irish descent. Can the government help us???l pool was

    13/06/2015 at 5:58 am
  17. Jackie Woolf (Kenyon)

    I would LOVE to move to Ireland and live out me remainin’ years home. I would sell me house and most of me possessions (gotta keep the books and children’s things) and move in a heartbeat given the opportunity and finacial ability.

    13/06/2015 at 3:29 am
  18. Julie-Ann Gray

    I was born in Ireland and emigrated to Australia. it is pleasing to see the government support these important connections to encourage community to return to acknowledge their heritage, value and learn more about their cultural roots and identity. I will be returning to Queens University in July to do internationally studies, and I am to learn more about my home land. Universities can play a big part through education to support this policy. I would encourage partnerships with universities, agencies, businesses and individuals to drive programs to support the policy.

    13/06/2015 at 1:47 am
  19. Sherry Carroll

    I would love to come home. I am of Irish decent. I just lost My Mom and am now alone.
    This would be a Great New Life and a Fresh Start.

    12/06/2015 at 11:42 pm
  20. Johanna Sabin

    My husband would like to have Irish citizenship. How would he achieve that?

    12/06/2015 at 10:23 pm
  21. Mary Robinson

    I would so love to come home but with no money,on a pension and in need of social housing I am
    sure that this is not aimed at me ….shame xxxxxxx

    12/06/2015 at 9:53 pm
  22. Barbara

    My family has been in Africa for four generations. Our beliefs, my love of Irish music, instinctive sympathy for Irish issues and delight in hearing an Irish accent is what I look back on now I seek to find a home outside of Africa. The only specific ancestral homes I can introduce my son to are Irish and yet it is uncertain if I can get the papers from my great grandmother who was the last signature in a castle in Ireland. I am certain from assessing my relatives some of whom are very well qualified that a successful move by one of us could lead to further immigrations of people who were once authentically irish and will always have a yearning for Ireland, I know there are millions of us but there it is,,,

    12/06/2015 at 8:26 pm
  23. Derek Davidson

    We brought my Dad back from London 5 months ago to be cared for properly by his family. There are so many lonely Irish in London who are not being cared for & do not have the power to speak out, we will have to do it for them ! Please remember them !!

    12/06/2015 at 11:31 am
  24. Heidi McPhillips

    YES!!!! My husband would more than likely move! And we have a lot to offer with our careers. I believe ALL of his grandparents came from Ireland, and he considers himself as Irish as he does American!

    12/06/2015 at 10:24 am
  25. Florence Nolan

    How about giving the Irish great grandchildren of Irish immigrants citizenship?

    12/06/2015 at 1:46 am
  26. does this apply to decendents of Irish, I would love to live in Ireland

    12/06/2015 at 12:43 am
  27. Elizabeth Devine B

    Have been teacher writer.. Ready to retire.. I’m interested in locating to Ireland- home of my Morher- Roscommon. My Fathers people were from Kenmare, Kerry and
    Lismore, Waterford.. (Tidy town..)
    Please advise..

    12/06/2015 at 12:12 am

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