The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has welcomed the publication of ‘Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy’ launched by the Department of Foreign Affairs today (03.03.15).
Speaking at the launch, Marie-Claire McAleer, NYCI Senior Research and Policy Officer congratulated the Minister of State for Diaspora Affairs and his officials for developing the policy, and highlighted that it was vitally important that it be fully resourced and implemented.
Ms McAleer said: “We welcome the publication of the new global diaspora policy and the initiatives it contains. We hope the new policy will serve to strengthen and enhance the relationship between Ireland and the current wave of young Irish emigrants, who have left in recent years.”
In May 2013, NYCI published Time to Go? a qualitative study exploring the experience and impact of emigration on young people who had recently emigrated from Ireland. The report contained 7 key policy recommendations for Government to consider in responding to the issue.
Ms McAleer welcomed the fact that the new Global Diaspora policy takes on board the concerns and policy recommendations of emigrants highlighted in the NYCI report Time to Go?
Ms McAleer explained: “This policy recognises the important role of the State in supporting and facilitating Irish emigrants before and after they leave Ireland. The measures contained in this new Global Diaspora policy, if fully resourced and implemented, have the potential to play a significant part in fostering greater links and connections with Irish emigrants throughout the world.”
NYCI’s research specifically recommended the creation of a Ministry to respond to the needs of Irish emigrants and to forge greater connections with the diaspora, and a new policy response to meet the needs of the new wave of young Irish emigrants from Ireland. Over the last 2 years, NYCI has been campaigning for Government to develop a cross-cutting, whole of Government policy response to meet the needs of the current wave of young Irish emigrants and to develop a strategy to facilitate, support and encourage emigrants to return to Ireland as jobs arise in the Irish labour market.
For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
National Youth Council of Ireland
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
NYCI Report on Emigration Time to Go? available here: https://www.youth.ie/emigration_research
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