Helping You Through Policy And Research

Hearing about your issues informs our work. Through our research, we strive to identify policy gaps to help improve your situation.

 Current Policy and Research

  • October 2017: Removing barriers for returning Irish emigrants

It can be hard to get permission for family of Irish citizens to live in Ireland if they aren't from Europe. For others returning in crisis, access to social welfare and homeless supports isn't always easy. Read our recommendations to Government on how to address these issues: Submission to Indecon Ireland on Barriers for Returning Irish Emigrants

  • July 2017: Brief on returning Irish emigrants

We speak to Irish policy makers about your concerns. Here we outline suggestions relating to access to benefits, education for children of Irish emigrants, Immigration for non-Irish family members, and housing: Brief on Returning Emigrants

  •  May 2017: What 400 returned emigrants want you to know 

400 of you told us about your experiences of returning to Ireland between 2014 and 2017. Download 'Home for Good? A report on the experiences of recently returned Irish emigrants' here

  • March 2017: Practical solutions for common challenges for returning Irish emigrants

Returning to Ireland can be made easier. Our briefing paper to the Irish Abroad Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade offers practical solutions to challenges you told us about. Read it here: Brief for Diaspora Affairs

  • November 2016: Barriers for returning Irish emigrants

Barriers facing returning emigrants can be overcome. We made these suggestions to the Interdepartmental Committee convened by Minister for the Diaspora, Joe McHugh TD: Barriers for Returning Irish Emigrants

  • August 2016: What Irish emigrants think about emigration

Emigrants like you told us about their views on emigration. With the help of the GAA, we learned about Irish emigrants’ experiences of living abroad and how they felt about the prospect of moving home. Read the report here: Irish emigrant perspectives on emigration

  • June 2016: Homelessness and returning to Ireland in crisis

Homelessness can issue for some returning emigrants. Supports and services can be difficult to access and we want this to change. Read our paper on Barriers for returning Irish emigrants accessing homeless supports submitted to Diaspora Minister Joe McHugh and other statutory bodies

  • April 2016: Support if you're an Irish FIFO worker in Australia

Need support and information on Fly-in-Fly-Out (FIFO) work? With the help of Irish support organisations in Australia, we developed this flyer for anyone considering FIFO work. We also put together this report: FIFO (Fly In Fly Out) for Irish workers in Australia

  • 2015: Minding yourself when you're moving abroad

It's important to mind your mental health when you emigrate. That's why we put together - it's full of advice on from other Irish emigrants on how to mind yourself if you're leaving Ireland. 

Policy work 2014

 New Irish Emigration Reports

 Returning to Ireland


  Opening Power to Diversity


Contact Danielle McLaughlin, Policy Officer for more information. Call +353 (0)1 873 2844 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.