Irish support groups in Oz report migrants arriving unprepared

Published:  15 Apr at 6 PM
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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 told to apply to its Perth office for jobs, and are failing to make the right preparations for immigrating such as arriving with enough money to tide over until a job is found. Quinn added that many believe they can take a plane to Sydney or another major Australian city and walk straight into a job and home.

Quinn blames the numerous job expos taking place at present in Ireland and the impressions they give to job-hungry Irish people wishing to try for a new life away from their troubled homeland. Friends of Sinn Fein representative Dean Keating agrees, saying he is concerned about the portrayal given by expo exhibitors about life in Australia and the ease of finding work.

According to Quinn, male immigrants are not bringing enough funds with them and are spending extravagantly once they arrive, citing a man who’d landed three weeks previous to his call with AU$3,000 and had spent it already. Accommodation is often problematic, he added, with a female migrant who’d rented a room on her arrival left homeless 24 hours later after a man had broken down her door, hit her and held a knife to her throat while looking to buy drugs.
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