Expat Ireland News
Latest 10 news items tagged Ireland
20 May at 6 PM 2013
The Australian ban on the recognition of gay marriage or legal partnerships may be affecting skilled worker immigration at a time when the country is begging for migrants with specific qualifications and experience.
Australia’s long-standing discrimination against homosexual couples is traditional but, with an increasing number of countries including its near neighbour New Zealand now recognising same-sex expat couples, the ban seems to be having a negative effect on much-needed skilled immigration. Same-sex couples are choosing...
23 Apr at 6 PM 2013
Following recent bad press about unemployment, depression and austerity in Ireland
and reports on the latest Irish Diaspora, a New Zealand Irish group is publicising positive stories on social media.
A volunteer expat service providing help to new immigrants from Ireland
is determined to counter depressing media reports about the state of the ‘old country’ by uploading positive stories. The Irish People Living in New Zealand group is a household name in the community and liaises with Enterprise Ireland
and Auckland’s Irish...
15 Apr at 6 PM 2013
Immigrants from Ireland
arriving in Australia are resorting to seeking help from Irish migrant associations as they’re unprepared for the challenge of finding work and a place to live.
The Friends of Sinn Fein and the Claddagh Association, both based in Perth, Western Australia, are reporting a considerable increase in the number of young Irish appealing for assistance soon after their arrival in the country. Most of the requests concern money and jobs.
According to the Claddagh Association’s Tom Quinn, the migrants are being...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2013
Four leading social scientists met yesterday at Dublin’s Trinity College in an attempt to quantify the many reasons behind the rush to emigrate now referred to as the modern-day Diaspora.
The symposium is slated as part of Dublin’s Trinity Week 2013 programme during which eminent academics gather to examine issues of concern to Ireland
and the Irish peoples. In contrast to those leaving during earlier Irish Diasporas, contemporary migrants are mostly degree-level professionals, highly-skilled in skilled in their fields....
28 Mar at 6 PM 2013
A 60-year old unemployed Donegal man who used to work as a bus driver has received an official letter recommending that he emigrate to Malta and take up a low-waged job.
It seems the rot is spreading from the now defunct UK Border Agency to Irish government employees, although the letter caused hilarity when read out in the Irish parliament. Sent by Ireland’s oddly-named Department of Social Protection, the carefully worded missive informed its recipient that a job as a bus driver paying €250 a week had become available on the...
25 Mar at 6 PM 2013
The deposit guarantee brought in by the Irish government four years ago to protect savers and investors is about to be withdrawn as it’s felt that the banks are now stable.
Known as the Eligible Liabilities Guarantee Scheme, the deposit protection is due to end on 28 March. Its closure will affect anyone with deposits in the Bank of Ireland’s Isle of Man subsidiary Permanent Bank International. The Bank of Ireland
itself withdrew from the scheme in summer 2012.
Those affected will still be covered by the Isle of Man’s own...
8 Mar at 4 PM 2013
Expats getting over the shock of unknowingly eating horsemeat in Portuguese supermarket ready meals now have another issue to worry about.
French supermarket Auchan’s Portuguese outlets have been selling burgers and meatballs not only containing horsemeat but also showing traces of the drug phenylbutazone. The painkilling drug, known to be harmful to humans, was found in infinitesimal quantities in prepared meat dishes in Auchan supermarkets.
According to Portugal’s consumer watchdog, DECO, the animal anti-inflammatory drug,...
1 Mar at 6 PM 2013
Following on the success of Canada’s Irish-Canadian Immigration Centre, Moving2Canada is introducing a job-search agency to connect Irish would-be immigrants with Canadian employers.
The service will be aimed at migrants over the age of 35 and families who are ineligible for the Working Holiday one-year visa and need to secure employment before arriving in the country. Applications from workers with engineering or construction backgrounds will be especially welcome.
Moving2Canada’s website encompasses Toronto, Calgary, Fort...
16 Feb at 6 PM 2013
Noticeable trends in Canada’s immigration rulings over the past decade have shown a more favourable attitude towards workers with specific skills, investors and entrepreneurs.
Historically, Canadian immigration laws have favoured workers eager to take on jobs in which Canadian nationals have little interest. The majority of those granted visas prior to the turn of this century were not given the opportunity to become permanent residents.
Successive governments since then have realised the need for talented immigrants willing to...
14 Dec at 6 PM 2012
Recent research reveals that, due to the continuing effects of the economic slowdown, South America and Asia are likely to see the highest salary increases during 2013.
A report by global management consultancy Hay Group states that Latin America will lead the league table with an average increase of nine per cent, fueled by Venezuela, whose workers will see an inflation-fuelled jump of 29 per cent. Southeast Asian and Chinese workforces’ wages will also see significant growth, while Australian and New Zealand staff will get only...