The National Youth Council of Ireland’s (NYCI) report ‘Time to Go?’ launched today (09.05.13) in the National Library of Ireland, Dublin 2, is the first qualitative study exploring the experience and impact of emigration on Ireland’s youth over the past two years. The results provide an insight into the opportunities and difficulties faced by young emigrants in Canada, the UK and beyond.
The main findings from the research include:
Reasons for emigrating
Use of ICT
Adjustment problems and challenges
Plans for the Future
“In the past 2 years over a quarter of our population has been affected by the emigration of a close family member, and half of our 18 – 24 years olds have said they would consider emigrating themselves, so it is vital that this issue is given the consideration it deserves, and that a dedicated Government policy response is developed to support our young emigrants and tackle the challenges they face,”* said Marie-Claire McAleer, Senior Research and Policy Officer at NYCI.
Recommendations as a result of this report include:
Officially launching the report, Ms Marian Harkin, MEP said:
“This is a particularly valuable piece of research in that it doesn't simply document the phenomenon of emigration, it also examines appropriate policy responses that need to be put in place both before and after people emigrate. However "Time to Go?" focuses on people as much as policy and indeed the policy responses have their genesis in the collective responses of our emigrants”.
Contact: Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI: 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
National Youth Council of Ireland
The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of 54 voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
*Source of figures: NYCI Poll conducted by Red C, October 2012. 1003 interviews were conducted and 931 of those interviewed were Irish citizens providing a sample error of + or – 3%.
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