Irish emigrants have not vanished'

Irish emigrants have not vanished'

There are ten good reasons to stay in Australia, but a thousand little ones to go back, writes Elaine Byrne.

The most frustrating thing about living in Australia for the last 18 months is listening to those who have never left Ireland debate emigration.

Since 2008, almost 250,000 people have left Ireland, though almost half of them have now returned home. The number of Irish emigrating fell for the first time in seven years in 2013, dropping 20 per cent from 50,900 to 40,700. CSO figures also show that immigration, including returning Irish nationals, has also increased, up 8.4 per cent from 55,900 to 60,600.

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