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 www.mindhowyougo.ie 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
- Full text of the presentation to the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade on the Irish Emigrant Register - October 2014
- Presentation to the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade on the Irish Emigrant Register (video) - October 2014
- Submission to the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade on the Irish Emigrant Register - October 2014
- Submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Review of Ireland's Engagement with the Diaspora - April 2014
- Submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Review of Ireland's Foreign Policy and External Relations proposing an Irish Emigrant Register - January 2014
New Irish Emigration Reports
- Mind How You Go: Report on a survey of 500 Irish emigrants - March 2015
- What is Canada like? 101 answers from Irish emigrants (also available by clicking here) - March 2014
- A short survey of Irish people using bus services to emigrate to Britain - August 2012
- New Emigration to the UK in 2012: New Irish emigrants accessing homeless and welfare service - August 2012
Returning to Ireland
- Submission to the Joint Committee on Social Protection on the Habitual Residence Condition and returned emigrants -October 2010
- Submission to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Social & Family Affairs on the Habitual Residence Condition & its implications for Returning Irish Emigrants - February 2008
- Person or Number? 2 - Second report on issues faced by immigrants accessing social welfare (January 2015)
- Crosscare Information & Advocacy Service contribution to FLAC Parallel Report in response to Ireland's third report under the ICESCR - Oct 2014
- New Irish Integration Strategy - Submission to the Cross-Departmental Committee on Integration (May 2014)
- Person or Number - Issues faced by immigrants accessing social welfare
- Invisible Pathways - how the Irish immigration system can contribute to people becoming undocumented
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