For some time there has been anecdotal evidence that the rate of emigration from Ireland to Australia has accelerated. This is certainly the case in Munster. Often the young Irish emigrants remain for just 12 months. However there is increasing demand for permanent residency. An article in the Irish Independent under the heading Mass exodus Down Under confirms this:
IRELAND is facing a mass exodus of people looking to escape the crime and grime of modern living -- and the slowing construction industry.
Figures show that up to 700 skilled workers a month are seeking visas to move Down Under, with many applicants bringing their families as well.
Barry Dowling of migration.ie, which helps workers with the paperwork needed, said workers are packing up every day of the week and they have seen the numbers jump by 30% in the past year as more and more tradespeople opt for a better quality of life.
Australia is going through a boom period, but has a dearth of professionals, which it is trying to shore up with workers from abroad............................