NYCI Policy Proposals
NYCI calls on Government to develop a strategy which includes practical measures to address the current structural impediments to return migration and supports and facilitates the current wave of young Irish emigrants to return to Ireland if they wish to.
- NYCI calls on Government to extend voting rights to the Irish abroad
NYCI has highlighted the impact of emigration on young people, their families and communities. The numbers of young people aged 15 to 24 emigrating in the year to April 2015 was an estimated 30,400. This means a total of 223,600 young people aged 15 to 24 have emigrated in the last 7 years: an average of 32,000 per annum since the start of crisis. The figure for inward migration among the same age group has decreased, with 14,700 under 25s coming into the country, compared with 15,900 in the year to April 2014.
Impact of Emigration
In 2013 NYCI published a report on the views and experiences of young Irish emigrants entitled “Time to Go?” and putting forward a number of recommendations, full details here
We expect that with a return to economic growth and increased employment prospects at home will lead to a reduction in the level of emigration and encourage some young emigrants to return. In our view Government needs to develop a strategy to maximise return migration. In September 2014 we held a conference on Return Migration entitled “Home is Where the Heart Is”. Full details here https://www.youth.ie/homeheart
Check out video recording of conference – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0fiAFXQ-xw
The conference report is here https://www.youth.ie/nyci/Home-Where-Heart-Conference-Report
Votes for Emigrants
According to the most recent estimates from the CSO 407,800 people, of whom 165,300 were aged 15-24 years emigrated from Ireland in the 5 years to April 2014. Ireland is currently among a minority of European states which does not extend voting rights to Irish citizens abroad. The UCC Émigré study revealed that the majority of the Irish population support emigrants’ right to vote in presidential (79%) and general elections (69%). While we acknowledge that there may be constitutional and practical issues with regard to the extension of voting rights to the Irish abroad we believe these can be overcome. A number of proposals have been made to allow Irish citizens abroad to vote in Presidential and Seanad elections and referendums. The Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs has also recently come out in favour of extending voting rights to the Irish abroad. Therefore NYCI is calling on the next Government to bring forward the necessary constitutional amendments and/or legislation to facilitate Irish citizens abroad to vote in Presidential and Seanad elections and referenda.
Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs report on Voting Rights for Irish Abroad, November 2014
Irish Emigration in an Age of Austerity, UCC 2013
NYCI Presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation – 1 October 2013
NYCI Presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade – 11 December 2013
NYCI still concerned emigration too high, August 2015
NYCI welcomes new Diaspora Policy, March 2015
NYCI welcomes Minister for the Diaspora, June 2014