According to reports, almost 80,000 people have moved from Ireland to Australia since the Republic has been hit by the recession in 2008. With Oz promising more opportunities and a better way of life, many Irish decided to pack up and move.
However, it seems that not many of them are as lucky as those who found better livelihood in this part of the globe.
Madeleine Lyes of the Clinton Institute said many Irish emigrants are arriving in Australia on working-holiday visas that left them financially strapped and in desperate need of support once their placements are over.
Some are even having a hard time finding employers who are willing to give them work for a short period of time.
Some Irish expats, especially those who work in mining areas on a fly in, fly out (Fifo) basis, are also found to be vulnerable to depression and anxiety. These mental issues are reportedly caused by financial concerns and a lack of preparation, as well as the problems associated with moving far away such as loneliness and isolation.
We will shortly be publishing a full report on support services for Irish abroad.
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