Irish weather cited as main reason for emigration

Published:  10 Sep at 6 PM
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In spite of this year’s souring, prolonged heatwave, a recent survey reveals the Irish weather is the main reason for emigration and the reluctance to return.

Lack of sunshine and the resulting overall dampness has been cited by a new survey as the main reasons expats gave for leaving the country of their birth. This year’s Expat Insider survey revealed well over 50 per cent of Irish expatriates were fed up with living in seemingly never-ending damp, overcast conditions. The survey also showed the majority of those who left have no intention of returning any time soon, if not ever.

Around a third of Irish expats have been living happily overseas for at least 10 years, as against the global figure of around 24 per cent. Ireland only managed to achieve a disappointing 43rd overall rating out of the 68 countries surveyed, and expatriates from overseas now living in the country are struggling financially and complaining, not just about the high cost of living but about the unaffordability of every aspect of their lives. Sky-high rents, poor quality healthcare and costs of necessities such as electricity, water, internet, fuel and other essentials seem to have resulted in expats who’re as unhappy with their lives as were the Irish emigrants.

In fact, this year’s Expat Insider rating for Ireland is 11 points better than the 56th rating in 2016 and two point higher than last year’s 45th place. One positive for the republic is the welcoming nature of the Irish themselves, with over 80 per cent of expat respondents describing the locals as very friendly. Perhaps the worst survey result was in the personal finance category, with Ireland now languishing at 65th place, just above the worst three, Argentina, Greece and Italy.
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