Skip to comments.One Irish person emigrates every six minutes (but most not to US anymore)
Posted on 08/30/2013 2:36:14 AM PDT by SkyPilot
Irelands rate of emigration is continuing to increase and at one stage one person was leaving the country to live abroad every six minutes the highest number since modern records began in the late 1980s.
New figures published on Thursday show 397,500 people have emigrated since Irelands financial crisis began in 2008, with most travelling to the UK, Australia and Canada in search of work.
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During the same period 277,400 people have returned or moved to Ireland, giving a net outward migration figure of 120,100. In a 12-month period from April last year, 10 people left every hour.
The outflow, which is continuing despite a slight dip in unemployment over the past year, has prompted calls for the government to do more to provide opportunities for young people. This underlines the need for immediate and stronger government action to stem the flow of young people leaving the country, said Marie-Claire McAleer of the National Youth Council of Ireland.
The data provide a stark reflection of how the economic crisis has affected the Irish, who thought they had rid themselves of the historic scourge of emigration during the Celtic Tiger boom.
Ireland experienced one of the highest immigration rates in the EU in the early to mid 2000s, when its economy was overheating as a result of a property bubble. But when the financial crisis struck, net emigration returned in 2009 with more people leaving the country than arriving.
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This comment accompanying the article says it all:
"I would say come to America but unfortunately you're the wrong color (white) and probably the wrong religion (Christian). Neither are welcome in the USA any longer."
Fleeing, are they?
I remember when Europeans stopped coming to the US years ago; it was a very disturbing sign (that still haunts us). Simply put, working or not, they have a better standard of living than us. During the “Celtic Tiger” boom, many Eastern Europeans went to Ireland to live & work; now they go to Germany. In both cases, they didn’t come here anymore...
Few people understand how this all came about (from welcoming European immigrants to opening our nation up to be a "safety net" for the 3rd world).
"Long-term results - Immigration changed America's demographics, opening the doors to immigrants from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
I understand that; what happened in my area was a lot of “legal” Europeans WENT BACK. Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Italy - places that sound horrible today economically - were still more attractive to those people than the US.
It gives you an idea as to where we are economically, what the future holds for us, and what places still have economic potential (watch where the Europeans go).
Europe has a negative birth-rate and is slowly dying into obscurity. Europe does have a fantastic welfare and retirement plan that is sucking the place dry. The people that I know who returned to Ireland have now returned back to the U.S. There is no future in Europe that I can see.
The strip mall nearby has become blighted, with closed shops and businesses.
The grocery market is still there, and I was in the area and needed something. The first sight that greeted me was two women in hi-jabs arguing with a store clerk at the service desk about a refund they wanted but had been refused.
It went downhill from there. Imagine a stew of 3rd world dystopia, illegals from our "friends" south of the border, and thuggery. Children were running at full sprint down the aisles.
After finding what I needed, I purchased it and quickly left.
I remember walking into a grocery market once when I was in Ireland. I held that mental image to the one my mind had just been subjected to.
The US has a negative birthrate as well (among citizens); mass immigration and anchor babies are maintaining the illusion of growth. Many towns that are 80% “white” are 65% Hispanic in the 20 and under demographic.
We have no more future than Europe, and they have the retirement plan and vacation time. We can’t sneer at them anymore; our unemployment and taxes have caught up to theirs...
Ireland and Europe have plenty of problems; we’re simply in a position now where we have the same ones. We used to mock them for their high taxes and high unemployment and low birthrate and expensive gasoline and foreign invaders, and now we have become them. Ireland is not in good shape, but you’d have a hard time convincing northern Europeans that they don’t have a MUCH better life than we do.
I live in an area full of foreigners, and have yet to meet a German, Dane, or Austrian who moved here.