Thousands of Irish people are still packing their bags and heading off for better opportunities overseas, but as the economy gradually recovers, interest in the possibility of returning home is growing among many Irish abroad.
The unemployment rate in May was just under 10 per cent, the lowest rate since the crash, down from a peak of over 15 per cent in 2012.
Around 40,000 jobs have been created in the last year alone, meaning there are more opportunities job-wise for returning emigrants now than there has been for many years.
But the recovery hasn’t been even across all sectors or regions, and it is important to do thorough research into your work prospects, and ideally have a job secured, before booking your ticket home.
Returnees often face certain trade-offs in exchange for being closer to friends and family here. Living costs, especially for rent, are very high, infrastructure is poor in many rural areas, and healthcare and childcare can be much more costly than the country they are moving back from. It can be difficult to readjust socially, too, as old friends may be leading different lives now, especially those with families.