Funding to boost research into emigrants' needs

Almost €30,000 is to be ploughed into projects researching the needs of Irish emigrants living in the US, it was announced today.

Almost €30,000 is to be ploughed into projects researching the needs of Irish emigrants living in the US, it was announced today.

The funding, unveiled by the Minister for Social Affairs, Séamus Brennan TD, will support those planning on returning home and list the services available to the Irish living Stateside.

The Irish Immigration and Pastoral Centre (IIPC) in Philadelphia will benefit from a €20,000 award to produce an information guide covering an array of services and supports that are available to Irish immigrants.

A further €6,250 will go to the Irish Episcopal Commission for Emigrants (IECE) to study the facts and look at trends and projections for the potential Irish returnees.

Minister Brennan announced details of the funding awards during an official visit to the Irish Immigration and Pastoral Centre in Philadelphia which provides information, advice, counselling and assistance for vulnerable Irish immigrants.

Minister Brennan said: “With some 20,000 Irish emigrants returning home annually it is very important that we fully research the experiences, good and bad, of those who have made the transition, so that we can decide how best to shape and strengthen information services, advice routes and general supports so that they best meet the needs of returning emigrants.”

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