Policy and Research

Based on the presenting issues of our client groups we carry out research and policy work with a view to improving our clients' situations and the underlying policy issues.


Current policy and research

Our latest report on the experiences of 400 recently returned Irish emigrants is due out shortly and will be available here from early May 2017.

In March 2017, we prepared a briefing paper for the Irish Abroad Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade proposing solutions to practical challenges facing returning Irish emigrants. Read it here - Brief for Diaspora Affairs.

In November 2016 we were invited to present on barriers facing returning Irish emigrants to the Interdepartmental Committee convened by Minister for the Diaspora, Joe McHugh TD. The two page briefing paper prepared for the committee is available at the following link - Barriers for Returning Irish Emigrants

In collaboration with the GAA, we carried out a survey with GAA clubs globally between September and November 2015 to find out about the experiences of Irish emigrants leaving Ireland, those living abroad and also possible barriers to returning to Ireland. Read the full report at the following link - Irish emigrant perspectives on emigration.

Over the last year we have noted an increase in returning Irish emigrants who are homeless and have difficulties accessing supports. We have worked on identifying the issues and submitted the following document to Minister Mc Hugh and relevant statutory bodies. Read it at the following link - Barriers for returning Irish emigrants accessing homeless supports.

Through our contacts in Australia we identified a growing need among Irish emigrants for support and information on the Fly-In-Fly-Out work sector. From the findings of health reports in Australia we developed an information report for organisations and a flyer for workers considering FIFO work. Read more at - FIFO (Fly In Fly Out) for Irish workers in Australia 

Contact us to find out more about the findings.


Policy work 2015

In 2015 we developed our website based on our research of the experiences of 500 recent emigrants. The website is aimed at helping emigrants to keep their mental and physical wellbeing in mind.

Policy work 2014


New Irish Emigration Reports


Returning to Ireland




 Opening Power to Diversity


Contact Danielle McLaughlin, Policy Officer for more information. Call +353 (0)1 873 2844 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.