Irish emigration: a study on why people still emigrate from contemporary Ireland

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Maher, Gavin
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BA (Hons) in Social Science
Dublin Business School
As the world appears to be growing into an increasing globalised one, so too does contemporary Ireland. Ireland has always seen periods of emigration throughout its modern history and modern-day Ireland is no exception. This study attempts to research what causes people to leave their country even at a time when Ireland is economically strong. The findings will show that people are in search of a better life with more opportunities than exist in Ireland. People want to experience what the world has to offer and become more financially secure. The participants of this study show that once they have lived several years abroad, they were also ready to return to Ireland and start back with a better, more fulfilled life. Emigration is also a difficult choice that an individual may have to make, thus the research also attempts to understand what some of the key causes may be.