Large numbers of Irish citizens continue to emigrate for better opportunities
24 April 2012
For concise and recent immigration information watch our news.High numbers of Irish citizens are continuing to emigrate to other countries, especially Australia, according to official figures.
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Many are leaving Ireland due to the high unemployment rate of 14 percent and lack of jobs for even the most qualified of individuals.
Australia has been a popular immigration destination for emigrating Irish citizens for many years. Over the years at various times in Ireland's history there have been waves of Irish immigration to Australia. For example, during Ireland's potato famine of the 1840s many Irish nationals, attracted by the Australian gold rush, emigrated to Australia.
The continuous stream of incoming Irish immigrants has been helping to fill Australia's labour shortages, particularly in mining and construction industries. Rob Knight, Australia's Northern Territory Minister for Business and Employment, announced at a recent jobs fair in Dublin, Ireland, that his region of Australia had tens of thousands of jobs to fill and desperately needs skilled workers there.
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