The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has today (11.12.13) welcomed the Tánaiste’s commitment to reviewing the existing policy on emigrants. The organisation, which represents youth groups working with over 380,000 young people, has also made a number of recommendations to help stem the tide of youth emigration and to support young Irish emigrants both before they leave and in preparation for when they return.
Meeting with the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs today to discuss the impact of emigration on young people, the NYCI welcomed the Tánaiste’s commitment to reviewing the Global Diaspora Policy. Marie-Claire McAleer, NYCI Senior Research and Policy Officer said: “We believe such a policy has the potential to respond to the changing needs of both young and older Irish emigrants and our Diaspora throughout the world. It requires, however, the support and commitment of all political parties and sufficient resources to ensure it is fully implemented.”
“The recommendations contained in NYCI’s research report are informed by the experience of young Irish people who have emigrated in the last 2 years. It is important that we listen to them, learn from their experience and take on board their advice in relation to meeting the needs of the current wave of Irish emigrants,” continued Ms McAleer.
The key recommendations in the NYCI report Time to Go? A Qualitative Research Study Exploring the Experience & Impact of Emigration on Ireland’s Youth include:
Commenting on the NYCI report Time to go? Chairman of the Committee Pat Breen, TD said:
“This is a balanced study, detailing both the positive and negative impacts of emigration on the young people surveyed. It provides an insight into the opportunities and difficulties faced by young emigrants in Canada, the UK and beyond. A particular focus for our Committee […] will be to assess what policy responses are required to support young emigrants while abroad.”
The NYCI report on youth emigration ‘Time to Go?’ is available here: https://www.youth.ie/youth_emigration
Contact: Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI: 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or email@example.com
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 working with 380,000 young people, and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
NYCI Youth Emigration Report ‘Time to Go?’ (2013)
Full report ‘Time to Go?’ available here (PDF): https://www.youth.ie/youth_emigration
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