Expat Ireland News
Latest 10 news items tagged Ireland
2 Dec at 6 PM 2013
The health sector in Ireland
is in a poor state, having lost many of its professionals to the lure of emigration, and those who have left are unlikely to want to return.
A recent study by researchers at University College Cork has revealed that almost half of those who have emigrated since the economic crisis hit home were in full-time employment. The results suggest that the tough budgets put in place since the crash have been as responsible as has high unemployment for the present Diaspora.
Severe cutbacks in funding have made...
3 Sep at 6 PM 2013
Expats with funds in British banks or their offshore arms are facing a double whammy as banks dump non-profitable customers and close down overseas branches.
In a disturbing development, thousands of longstanding, loyal customers of British banks, many of whom are now pensioners living overseas, are being dumped without explanation. At the same time, the same banks are busily closing down their offshore branches, leaving many expats with nowhere to turn.
Every year, several thousand long-term customers of UK banks receive letters...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2013
A taste of home for Irish immigrants in Australia is now on the cards as Ireland’s favourite snack boxes and cheesy chips may soon be available in Sydney and Perth.
Ireland’s most loved fast food outlets are much missed by immigrants to Down Under, but hopefully not for much longer. Supermacs CEO Pat McDonagh is travelling to Australia in two months’ time to investigate the possibility of franchising to Irish migrants in the Bondi Beach and Northbridge districts.
According to McDonagh, there are more Irish wandering around...
31 Jul at 6 PM 2013
Expats heading for a life in the sun in Europe and expecting to make use of their tablets and smart phones are in for a shock, according to a European Commission report.
The EC survey reported that three out of every four EU residents are unable to access 4G/LTE mobile connections, with those living in rural areas having less chance than those in towns and cities. The sad situation compares badly with that in the USA, where 90 per cent of the population has 4G access.
According to EC vice-president Neelie Kroes, even she can only...
25 Jul at 6 PM 2013
The long-awaited rebuild of Christchurch city centre following the two devastating earthquakes is ramping up, thanks to the help of migrant workers.
The South Island city of Christchurch is welcoming 22 skilled migrants every day of the year, according to figures released by Statistics New Zealand. In June, 564 overseas workers arrived in the city, the highest migrant total for 23 years.
Most arrived to work on the reconstruction of the city and its infrastructure, with the majority coming from the Philippines, followed by a good...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2013
A New Zealand contractors’ association is calling for an injection of common sense into visa and immigration rules for temporary overseas workers, saying the present rules are harming its members’ businesses.
With the movement of labour across the world increasing year by year, many overseas workers are looking to head for New Zealand to work in seasonal jobs across the country. Employers are complaining that the complexity of temporary work visas and a total lack of skilled local workers is combining to ruin their businesses....
16 Jul at 6 PM 2013
Spurred on by 70 per cent falls in Spanish property prices, UK citizens are now active again in the overseas property market, although caution is the watchword.
Banks are attempting to unload repossessed holiday villas and retirement homes, with Britons even being offered Spanish mortgages to help snap up the bargains. Bargain-hunting isn’t just taking place in Spain, with the recent financial crash in Cyprus producing tempting offers as residents flee the possibility of another savings grab.
The slow but steady growth of...
24 Jun at 6 PM 2013
Australia’s Best Expat Jobs in the World competition results have been announced, with six contestants now heading for the best few months of their travelling lives.
The contest, run by the Australian Tourist Board, attracted no less than 330,000 competitors hailing from 196 countries across the world, with all the applicants whittled down to a finalist list. The lucky 18 finalists spent a week in the country taking part in challenges and assignments in fields including photography, social media reports, culinary experiences,...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2013
With the Irish property market now in tatters and the country’s economy slow to recover from the crash, expat buyers are finding bargains in famous beauty spots.
Properties in the hard-hit republic have fallen as much as 80 per cent from the heights they reached just before 2008, and are now a dream come true for expats whose holiday experiences in County Kerry and other Irish beauty spots encouraged a longer stay. A little over £22,000 can buy a condo surrounded by rustic scenery or a country cottage needing a little attention....
28 May at 6 PM 2013
Researchers from four European universities are set to analyse the effects of the 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent recession on mobility and migration in the EU.
Since the economic crisis hit, Ireland
and Southern European countries such as Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Italy have endured austerity measures and unemployment at record levels. During the last five years, a huge number of nationals of the affected countries have migrated to various destinations worldwide in an attempt to get jobs and improve their quality of life....