Expat Ireland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Ireland

15 Feb at 6 PM 2017

New poll shows four out of five UK expats live in fear of Brexit effect

Survey shows 80 per cent of respondents fear for their post Brexit lives. A survey initiated by the Brussels and Europe Lib Dem group reveals that the vast majority of respondents are living in fear of the devastating effect of Brexit on their families and their lives. The survey, taken by 5,170 Britons living in EU member states, took place following last week’s Commons vote which opened the door for Theresa May to activate Article 50 next month. Asked about their main concern about Brexit, 25 per cent of respondents, most of...
10 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Top financial talent set to flee London for Ireland

The Republic or Ireland’s capital, Dublin, is expecting a surge in the number of wealthy expats fleeing the UK after Brexit. For those wishing to remain in an EU member state without having to learn another language, Ireland is the natural alternative and is being talked up by relocation agents as a destination for EU and UK professionals. Immediately following the announcement of the referendum result, hits on online job search sites featuring Ireland soared dramatically, with the trend still ongoing. Interest from both EU...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Scottish government fights for rights of EU expat workers

A study on the economic benefits of migration undertaken by a Scottish parliamentary cross-party committee has determined young migrants are essential for expanding both Scotland’s work force and its population. The committee’s report has backed Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s stance on immigration, which contrasts with the UK government’s anti-immigration position as part of Brexit. In the referendum, Scots voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union, citing the fact that EU membership has been an important...
2 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Irish construction boom prompts pleas for expat workers to return home

Following its forecast of a building boom between now and 2020, the Irish Construction Industry Federation (CIF) is urging expat construction workers to return. During the 2008 financial crash, Ireland saw a mass migration of teachers, medical staff and construction workers seeking new jobs, new lives and higher wages in destinations across the world. New Zealand was a favourite for construction professionals, especially during the still-ongoing rebuild of Christchurch after the devastating earthquake in 2011. The CIF’s...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Research shows numbers of UK expats in EU overestimated

Recently released research by the UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows the number of British citizens living in Europe has been overestimated. A total of 890,000 Brits are at present living in other European Union member states as against a former estimate by the United Nations of around 1.2 million. At the same time, nationals from EU states living and working in Britain total 3,150,000. The figures from the ONS are taken from Eurostat data compiled from the 2010-2011 national censuses, and include expats resident across the...
26 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Australia targets Ireland with new Working Holiday Visa package.

Australia has launched an appeal to younger Irish nationals to consider up to two years’ stay in the country on a Working Holiday visa package. Once a popular way for Irish citizens to experience Australia in the longer term, the Working Holiday Visa scheme has declined in popularity over the last few years. In 2011/12, successful applicants from the Emerald Isle totalled 2,827, but data from 2015/16 showed a drop to just 6,743, resulting in the new package now on offer to those wishing to experience the real Australia. For many...
16 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Expats watch and hope as more Brexit legal challenges are launched

Courts in Ireland and the British high court are set to hear two fresh challenges to Brexit as it's being put forward by Theresa May and her cronies. Expats are following the chaotic government manoeuvres and the various attempts to either reverse the referendum result or ameliorate its effects on their lives. The two latest challenges come as Theresa May prepares for her definitive Brexit speech due Tuesday and earlier claimants await the Supreme Court’s judgement on last month’s case. According to the Guardian newspaper, the...
1 Dec at 6 PM 2016

UK expats shock at worldwide Marks and Spencer closures

Following the UK company’s decision to close its stores in China due to lack of demand, the quintessentially British retailer has now announced it will close100 stores in Europe. Known as a link with home for Brit expat shoppers, M&S has seemingly overreached itself with its huge expansion in Europe as well as its 10 stores in China. Once famed for its good quality, reasonably priced fashions and home décor goods, its UK sales figures and profits have been declining during recent years, although its website accounts for around...
25 Nov at 6 PM 2016

The joys of expat life in Ireland

Ireland has been a safe haven for foreign direct investments for decades, along with thousands of expat professionals and managers who find it the preferred place to live and work. In spite of its troubled past, the cool, green Republic of Ireland has become a popular refuge for expats from across the Western world. Since the financial crash and subsequent recession, a new wave of immigrants has arrived and settled into the laid-back life of the country. The expat community in Ireland is truly international, with Americans, Asians,...
23 Nov at 6 PM 2016

British expats in Europe to be allowed to stay

In a surprise turnaround, it seems that British expats living in EU member states are about to be granted the right to remain. Hundreds of thousands of British citizens working or retiring in EU member states have spent the last five months worrying they might be forced to lose everything and repatriate to the UK. According to political correspondents, the good news is that a majority of EU member state governments are in agreement about a reciprocal rights deal with Britain. Quotes from senior government sources are stating only...