Canada gains on Oz as top emigration destination

Canada is rapidly gaining ground on Australia as the most popular country for Irish people emigrating to find work.

Canada gains on Oz as top emigration destination

Nearly a quarter (23.74%) of all emigrants heading abroad to work in the past year chose Canada as their destination, a 5% increase on the previous year.

Australia, at 65%, remains the most popular choice.

The study, conducted by, found 18- to 29-year-olds make up 78% of migrant visa applications, while there was also a 10% increase in the numbers, of the same age group, applying for working visas in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

Those involved in construction and building, such as tradespeople, engineers, and architects continue to dominate the numbers seeking work abroad.

However, these numbers are falling and are expected to continue to decline over the next few years as the Irish construction industry picks up. manager Edwina Shanahan said it was clear that more and more people were leaving Ireland for work abroad, straight from school and college.

“Our figures show an increase in the 18-24 age group travelling away for work, which means more and more people are choosing to leave after they finish school and college, whereas the fall in 25-34-year-olds travelling could be accounted for by the fact that people in that age group who have left in the last few years have actually stayed away — and are therefore not here to apply for visas,” she said.

Ms Shanahan said she expects to see an increase in the number of nurses, teachers, and caregivers going abroad for work.

“In the last year alone, this group accounted for over 10% of our visa grants — up slightly from the year previous,” she said.

“In the last month, we held seminars for both nurses and teachers to advise them of their options when going overseas. The interest was significant and because there are currently numerous employment opportunities in this area in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, we believe we’ll see a steady flow of nurses and teachers travelling into 2015.”

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