Age profile of those leaving country is rising

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

MORE men than women in Limerick and throughout the country are looking to leave Ireland in search for work abroad, according to a leading migration agents

MORE men than women in Limerick and throughout the country are looking to leave Ireland in search for work abroad, according to a leading migration agents

VisaFirst.com says that while 2012 saw some changes in the demographic of the typical Irish worker travelling abroad, the one factor which has remained constant is that the number of people looking to leave the country is increasing year on year.

VisaFirst.com have released figures from their Irish customer database report for 2012 which show that, similar to the previous year, the ratio of males to females remains at 60:40, while the average age of visa applicants has risen from 29 to 32 years.

“The increase in the average age is interesting as it’s quite a big jump,” said Edwina Shanahan, manager at www.visafirst.com.

“Unemployment is not just affecting the young and newly qualified – it’s taking its toll on people of all ages and all levels of expertise. The age jump may also have something to do with the rise in spousal applications – the number of which for Australia doubled last year. More and more families are seeing emigration as a better, if not their only, financial option”.

The company noted that there has also been a large increase in applications from articulated truck drivers because they are now in such high demand in Canada.

While they saw large numbers of architects leaving in 2011 and 2010 – this figure dropped almost 80% in a year because positions have been filled. Similarly, they said applications from electricians and plumbers looking to work in Australia are down 20% as many of them are already working there.

The company will be holding free migration road shows throughout the country over the next couple of weeks to inform people of their options when it comes to working abroad – particularly in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S. The road show will be held at 7pm in the Clarion hotel in Limerick on Wednesday, February 27 next.

The unemployment rate in January remained unchanged at 14.6%, with 37,516 new claimants on the register last month. The number of people aged under 25 on the Live Register in Limerick city has fallen by 225 since January of last year, while the number of people aged 25 and over on the register has dropped by some 500 in the city within the past year, to 11,352, indicating that they may have found work, returned to education or moved abroad. The country’s level of emigration rose to 87,000 by April 2012.