Most Irish emigrants say standard of living better abroad

Published:  19 Mar at 6 PM
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As reported by the Irish Times, most emigrants who have left during the past few years have reported they are happier living abroad than in Ireland, says an Ipsos MRBI survey. An overwhelming majority said their quality of life improved after moving overseas, including having a healthier diet and taking more exercise.

When asked to reveal the single largest challenge since leaving Ireland, finding a place to live came first, followed by finding a job. Making new friends, familiarising oneself with a new place, learning a language and commuting also featured as hurdles.

When asked if they kept in touch with friends and family at home, 89% of emigrants said “yes”. Telephone was the most popular method of communication, as 68% rating telephone or Skype as the means most often used. Only 14% rated social network media as the main communication method, followed by text message at 12% and email at 6% . About 11% used letters, while less than 1% said snail mail was the main method used to keep in touch.

The survey, which was conducted via phone interviews by Ipsos MRBI, was based on a cross-section of Irish emigrants in terms of age, gender, place of origin and destination overseas. The respondents were Irish citizens who had been out of the country since 2008 as expats.
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