Irish expats reluctant to return home due to high taxes and poor health service

Published:  24 Dec at 6 PM
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Irish expats are uncertain about repatriation due to high taxes and a failing health service.

Following an appeal from the Irish government urging expats to return home and fill the skills shortage, Irish professionals working abroad are listing the reasons why they’d rather stay overseas. Key barriers include Ireland’s high levels of income tax and lack of necessary investment in its healthcare services, with the shortage of suitable housing and the Republic’s ageing infrastructure also mentioned.

The comments were made as part of a survey of 500 Irish expat professionals working across the world, with one out of every four respondents stating investment in and improvement of the Republic’s healthcare provision might well persuade them to return home. A further three out of four noted their present country’s healthcare was superior to that in Ireland. Even so, around half of those surveyed said they’d plans to return at some time within the next 10 years.

Of those planning to relocate back home, many have children under 18 years old and more are younger expats who sense an improvement in career opportunities back in the home country. Older expatriates who’ve spent a good time overseas are the least likely to consider repatriating, however tempting the opportunity. Interestingly, a good number of those surveyed check for suitable jobs in Ireland at least once a week, with most checking once a month. Unsurprisingly, Brexit has also had an impact on expats’ opinions about returning to the Auld Country.
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