10 percent rise in Irish migrants to UAE 

Published:  11 May at 6 PM
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As reported by the National, a growing number of skilled workers from Ireland are migrating to the UAE. The Irish Embassy has witnessed a 10% rise during the past 12 months in the amount of new residents, referred to as Ireland's "Emigration Generation".

The Irish Business Network is also seeing a colossal growth in its membership. Abu Dhabi's first Irish Festival was celebrated at the weekend mainly because of the rise in Irish residents at the capital.

The rate of Irish nationals moving to the UAE even during the past few months has multiplied, says Trevor Buckley, who chairs the Irish organization Na Fianna and is vice president of Abu Dhabi's Irish Society, which has expanded from 400 to 700 members in just a few months.

With joblessness levels in Ireland now at 14%, between 2009 - 2011, 86,000 Irish nationals left home and found jobs elsewhere, mainly in the UK and the EU. Those settling in the UAE are being called iPaddys in the Irish media--highly skilled and educated workers.
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