Posted June 16th, 2011
The numbers of Irish people emigrating to Britain has increased by 25 per cent on last year, with the figure currently standing at 13,920. This is the largest margin of increase in ten years. The majority of emigrants are between the ages of 18 and 34, with London being the prime destination.
This trend is reflected in the increasing numbers of Irish citizens registering for national insurance numbers to work or claim benefits in the United Kingdom, with the numbers increasing from 9,510 in 2006 to 11,050 in 2009. Emigrant groups attribute this to the high unemployment and severe recession in Ireland.
The figures show that the most likely group to emigrate is the younger generation. Some 6,130 Irish citizens between the ages of 18 and 24 registered for national insurance numbers in 2010, with 5,730 in the 25 to 34 age group doing the same. Several areas of London recorded the highest numbers of Irish citizens last year, including Brent (300), Ealing (320) and Islington (320).
Crosscare Migrant Project is an organisation that provides support to emigrants, and they believe that this is the first major sign of an exodus from Ireland to Britain due to the recession.
“In many ways it is not surprising considering the proximity, lack of visa requirement, lack of cultural boundaries, lower unemployment rate and the size of the British economy that Irish people are emigrating to the UK,” said Joe O’Brien, policy officer at the migrant project.
O’Brien has urged Irish citizens to prepare thoroughly before leaving for the UK, despite its close proximity and similar culture.