Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thousands are Sailing

A story in the Wall Street Journal reports that as many 100,000 Irishmen and women are expected to leave Ireland due to its economic woes between April 2010 and April 2012. Unlike previous waves of Irish emigration, the primary destinations for Irish immigrants are in Europe: the UK, the Czech Republic, Poland, France, and Germany. And, while 23,000 have moved to Australia and New Zealand, only 2,800 have moved to the United States in search of economic opportunities. These figures stand in marked contrast to previous waves of Irish immigration, in which the United States was a prime destination for Irishmen and women seeking better lives.

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